i had that craving to go to the zoo again, and so, dragged a tired boy along with me on saturday to go visit some poor animals living in captivity.
luckily the weather was cooling, unlike the blistering heat that made up most of the past few days. the zoo wasnt too crowded either, which was probably good considering the fact that alot of kids have already finished exams. i bet all hell broke loose in other places like orchard and escape theme park.
first up were the mousedeers, that cassy so kindly said i resembled. quite cute la right? though i dont see the resemblance myself.
and the otters! they are adorable but make the most annoying screeching-squeaking sounds. i’d rather keep those savages of hamsters in my house rather than one noisy otter.
2 very obedient ones seated for people to take pictures with.
haha bluff you!
they are fake statues.
this is um, a manatee? i think so, it looks more like a big fat glob of something.
and then, RAWR! the tigers!!
mat wouldnt stop growling crazily for the next half hour, pretending that he was a tiger.
the super duper long-necked turtle!
ew so disgusting, like a snake with four legs and a shell.
here are the bunch of lazy pygmy hippos. a real boring exhibit anyway, since they are always blinding wading around the water and coming up for air, with their eyes still closed.
but the indoor exhibit had benches so we settled down to have lunch. haha i cant really tell you what i had for lunch, but it had something to do with squeezing food out of a packet. even though the whole concept of the way it had to be eaten it was gross. i wont deny that the black pepper chicken pasta actually tasted good. but still, i’d very much prefer eating with forks and spoon and plates any day.
puma!! from the lion king. haha
an iguana i think
emu! haha i think it was the same one that oliver had to pose with the last time.
coexisting happily with the emus, were the kangaroos. unlike the ones in australia, that pounce up onto you when you try to feed them, and slide their long wet tongues all over your palms, these ones couldnt care less about you.
wow, if only my head were that flexible. haha but then i’d have to eat away all my dead skin. that probably adds up to really bad diarrhoea for at least a couple of days.
and the one bird with a gold crown on its head! but i dont know what its called! maybe a male emu? what do you think?
and now we arrive at the most tragic exhibit of all, the polar bear one.
its really sad to see 2 anaemic polar bears soaking themselves in the water, tongues out, to rid the tropical heat that is killing them beneath their thick white fur. no matter how much the zoo claims to air condition them, it really doesnt compare to the temperatures in their natural habitat, the arctic. its even more ironic that they put up a video of (visibily happier) polar bears running along with seals in the cold arctic on a plasma tv at the exhibit.
haha polar bear poop, to which, a little girl remarked,
‘what if the polar bears drink water and accidentally drink up their shi-shi and poop?’
haha polar bear being split into 2 by refraction of light.
llamas! who like to purse their lips!
fla-fla-flamingoes, whom i tried to imitate by hooking my ankle behind my knee when i was younger, but got tired after a couple of minutes.
and then we chanced upon the seal show! but we had to stand and watch because all the seats were already filled. i hate being short, because i cant see shit in a crowd.
the host was some pan-asian girl with an awful accent. part singaporean, part australian, part america, and overall, simply annoying to listen to. but what was more annoying was the bunch of kiasu idiots who were crowding up on the stairs right next to the stage. when the host told them to get off, as a safety issue, they took fucking 5 minutes to comprehend her repeated pleas, and another 10 minutes to move 10 inches away from their original spot.
then 10 minutes later, she’d have to tell them to fuck off again because they had moved right back onto to the stairs.
3 bloody times, she had to stop, to get them to move down. these people dont even have an excuse for not comprehending english for goodness sakes, most of them were SINGAPOREANS!
the show almost had to be cancelled because of them. wtf you want to stand so close for what? you want to kiss the seal’s backside isit? might as well all jump into the pool and wait for them to come charging at you.
well anyway, this is philip the seal!
and randall, some mighty huge male seal.
oooh my favourite exhibit of all! the BABOONS!
haha they are just so human-like, that is so amusing because they are capable of being so smart yet so stupid at the same time.
haha would you just look at this, seriously
unfortunately, they are more male-dominated. females are treated as social outcasts that have to bite dead skin and ticks of the males’ fur so that they can mate with them.
am thankful that i am not a female baboon.
orang utan! another bunch of smart yet stupid creatures.
the rhino! acutally, rhinoceros sounds dinosaur-like. i like to think of them as ancient exotic dinosaurs that have escape the clutches of evolution and um what is that called? oh yes, natural selection. haha okay this doesnt make sense at all.
ee backside never clean properly.
cheetahs! actually, just one cheetah. one miserable fierce cheetah with no prey to hunt for. why doesnt it try to jump out of its enclosure and attack people?
it reads: ‘a young woman’s bride-price is determined by the size of her lip plate’
would be an unmarry-able spinster for the rest of my life if i had to live in that tribe. anyway what is so sexy about having an enormous plate stuck on one’s lips? cant even eat, much less kiss. men are stupid lol.
the ostriches, who are so attention seeking that when nobody is looking at their enclosure, they’d walk over and peep through the fences to catch your attention.
haha timon!! from the lion king again. so cute, its doing sentry duty (i’m not kidding you) while its family gets rest down below.
not-so-tall giraffes. i think evolution is reversing itself.
we headed on into the rainforest exhibit, where the animals arent in enclosures and large butterflies are fluttering all around your heads. quite frightful, if you ask me. but then, i’m a wussy.
like suddenly, some racoon started climbing up the branches right next to me, giving me quite a big shock.
little birdy with purple permed hair. haha!
ducks in rainforests? who knew?
ehh, flying foxes i think.
this little boy proudly pointed out that it was male, explaining to his sister that if there is a ‘plus’ sign, then its male.
scratching its arm pit, or wing pit.
a lovely butterfly up close
and omg, my favourite slide of all time!! the roly slide at the zoo! haha i still have pictures of myself sliding down and swimming in the ball pool. what distant memories.
unforunately, they pulled down the animal land (the one with the petting zoo and all the cute yellow chicks i used to grab as a kid) for renovations. miss the place loads.
and thus, this concludes our visit to the zoo. haha i’d love to go back there again, because they’re going to build new attractions by the end of this year. and also, what happened to the penguins? ):