Mum and I went to the zoo on Saturday!
For a good reason: to be the social escorts for royalty on wheels 🙂 We felt honored that our presence was required!
I had registered my name with a sweet Rosa, when later she informed all interested attendees that the escorts out-numbered the guests by three is to two. I was going to withdraw my name when Rosa assured as that the number was just right. Later on when Rosa notified us of two dropouts, I even embolden myself to sign my mum up for the event as well!
Too true that it 3:2 was just nice! You may think that wheeling a bunch of GOHs around the zoo is an easy feat. After all the invention of wheels did make so many things much easier. But not easy enough. I never noticed just how windy roads in the zoo can get! The steep slope up to the white tiger enclosure almost make the trip not worth it. Did I mention that the tigers, two of them, were sprawled out lazily in the sun with their grey-streaked back turned towards us? What luck, right?
And the narrow, ascending path to the snake den could send me slithering back down. I was really pitching my entire body weight against the metal machine, and pushing ferociously against gravity! Of course I emerged the victor; the happy GOH faintly appreciates the reward of a closer examination of all sorts of rattlesnakes, pythons, cobras and grass whip snakes. I must say the pythons were memorable. The moment I caught sight of that thick, undulating FAT tube on the ground I felt like throwing up. It was resting on the other side of the display glass, of course, but i could sense the immediate danger of being so close to it!! You wouldn’t believe it. It was at least 25cm in diameter. I swear. That is almost the entire length of your long classroom ruler, the plastic ones. Oh my goodness!
It was wound up on the floor, the snake coiling against itself many many times round, lazying, a mass of rust, black, sand yellow and grey patterns. I think I can imagine the Leviathan that was in the garden of Eden, the same creature that induced Eve to eat the fruit of the tree. It was huge, scaly, thick and scary. Just like that python. Can you imagine what it would feel like if it squeezed you? That could rubbery tube choking you tight.
Anyway, there were other cuter creatures too. I hate hippos, they stank too much; I had wheeled the GOH helper skelter out of the way when I caught a whiff of their swampy enclosure. There were Orang Utans, with their long flaming red fur and endlessly long arms! that was pretty cute, but the way they clambered up and down the tree trunks on their fists seems quite monstrous.
I liked this mouse deers, which was really very rabbit-deer-mouse-looking. It is just all things small cute and fluffy smashed together, and you get a mouse deer. It is a lovely down brown, with gentle white almond-shaped spots on its sides. How cute is that?
There was a seal as well during the Splash animal show! Stan the seal! I think I never truly appreciated the flexibility and agility of a seal until I picked up yoga. Balancing that slippery blue ball on the tip of your nose is no mean feat! And the way the seal glides back and forth the stage is as if he is flying! He is a smooth one. I loved the way he slipped in and out of water so easily, he was born a glider. His skin is black, shiny and glossy, yet there is so much power packed beneath that seemingly fatty, cute body! What a graceful creature. I want to be a seal too!
Ok I’m sorry 🙂 My thoughts are a scatter, because there is just so much to say and tell there is nothing much to say and tell at all!