Wednesday, June 20, 2007

we went to the zoo

yes we did. during the last school holidays, shamira and i took gitanjali and alysha to the zoo. For some reason, i've always had a very negative impression of the zoo. All those poor animals locked up in cages, malnourished and ill treated, chomping on cigarette butts.

But Gitanjali and Alysha have been reading a number of books recently, which are all set in the zoo, so i thought, let's just do it once, and get it out of the way... It was like planning a trip to the dentist. i had visions of a blazing day, crowds, tired kids, and sad animals... and Sham nearly cancelled at the last minute because she had heard bad reviews of the zoo

Boy! were we agreeably suprised!. The Malaysian Zoo is not at all what i thought it would be. The animals aren't in cages! Except for the monkeys and chimpanzees (which obviously would have to be in cages so that they are not actually molesting people or staging daring escapes), the rest of the animals are in large airy enclosures... The Giraffes, and Zebras are actually in this huge savannah like field where they can run around.

the kids were thrilled to see emus at the zoo, because they are in love with Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu (both hilarious picture books about these two emus at the zoo...). They kept walking around saying, so many edwards and edwinas, and kept calling them, edward! edwina!...

Inexplicably both of them fell in love with this mousedeer (which in hindsight was probably not a mousedeer at all, but some kind of smallish deer), and refused to leave the deer enclosure.

There was a tiger that kept padding around, and then leaping into the water for a swim, and a leopard that paced up and down endlessly. Gitanjali looked at the leopard and said, "i know, it is thinking, how to eat us all up!" On hindsight, i guess that was probably exactly what that leopard was thinking...

We had fun, fun, fun - even Sham and i. We loved everything, but my favourite was the giraffes. There are trams running all day long, so there's hardly any sweat involved. you can walk and view as many animals as you want to then hop on to a tram to the next exhibit. There's a couple of lakes, and one was teeming with bright pink flamingos and all sorts of water birds. We saw pelicans! and wallabies! and giraffes! and elephants! and monkeys, chimpanzees, parrots, goats, mice (!),deer (in all shapes and sizes, hippos mooching in the mud and rhinos... Fun, fun, fun.

We have decided that it shall be a compulsory trip every school holiday. Sham and i also subsequently discovered that both our husbands had been jealous that they had not been invited for the trip, so it looks like we'll have to take them along sometime...

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