January 27, 2019

The Faces of the Minnesota Zoo

The Faces of the Minnesota Zoo
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for January 27, 2019

The kids wanted to go to the zoo last Spring, so we bought a family membership since financially that makes more sense than paying for one visit to the zoo.  Our membership is about to expire, so we thought we'd go out for one more visit before it does.  These are some of the faces we saw while we were there.

The Komodo Dragon is the largest living species of lizards on the planet.  They seem pretty docile in their cage at the zoo, but out in the wild they've been known to be deadly to human beings.  I'm pretty sure I could take this one if I had to.

The Gibbon is a member of the ape family known for their loud singing as they communicate back and forth with other gibbons.  They have really long arms and I could watch them swing from tree to tree all day.  If I had to swing from tree to tree like they do, I wouldn't make it very far.

We like stalking the birds in the Tropics Trail, but I have no idea the names of each of them are.  I believe this one is called Mr. Pretty Feathers.

If I had red eyes like this, I believe people would think I'm the devil.  That's why I'm not going to buy any eyes like this.

We went to the bird show and saw this snowy owl which looks just like Hedwig from the Harry Potter movies.  I've never seen one of these guys out in the wild, but I'd like to.  Maybe without the snow, though.

There was a sign posted outside of the Wolves enclosure that said "Careful, animals may bite."  I tend to want to test signs like that, but something about this guy told me not to push it.  I don't have enough fingers to spare.

Little Bobby said there was no way he was going to floss his teeth, but something about the look has dad gave him made him start doing it.

There was a Super Blood Wolf Moon in the sky this week.  I slept through it, but Miss Sheri took this picture for me so at least I could see it.  Doesn't look all that super to me.

It was time for our annual end of the year Fantasy Football awards dinner.  I had another bad year in Fantasy, so no awards for me.  Although I did get some good chicken fingers that still allowed me to feel like a winner by the end of the night.

We're starting to get this empty-nester thing figured out.

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