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Friday, August 13, 2010

Animals at the LA Zoo

Going to the Los Angeles zoo.  How about you?  These are a few of my favorite animals. 

Meerkat. A distinguished gentleman keeping look out for predators.  He looks a bit like my brother-in-law.  That's a compliment. 

Komodo dragon checking out the visitors. 

My favorite on this visit.  The double-wattled cassowary.  Not every animal has wattles much less two.  We spent the rest of the visit comparing animal wattles to this cassowary.  The single-wattled turkey vulture, the zero-wattled rhinoceros.  And the multi-jowled R. M. Nixon.  Beautifully large bird. 

This gorilla was sitting a few feet from the window where people were streaming by. 

Grevy's Zebra lying down on the job.  Note the connection between the left side of the zebra suit and the right side there along the belly matter.  And the suit appears to be stretching there along the belly.  

Gerenuk's.  Cute little gazelle-like creatures. I could watch these guys all day. 

People and chimps all watching in the same direction.  What's not shown: two docents (?) tossing apples to the chimps.  You can see two chimps with their remaining apple bits.   

Concerned giraffe searching for like minded member of the opposite sex for fun and recreation and ... necking.  

One-humped Aldabra Tortoise.  They used to allow us to ride the slightly larger Galapagos tortoise at Como Zoo in St. Paul when I was a child. 

Indian Rhinoceros.  If I read correctly, this guy has cancer which has affected the horn. 

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