This immature species of Eliatot Cat has behavior that often fluctuates between contented and unpredictable. Zookkeepers warn visitors not to tease or withold food from this animal. Even though it is small, it is powerful, and its screams may shatter ear drums at close range. Fortunately, when all its needs are met, this animal can also be adorable and makes an excellent pet once house-trained. We were lucky to see this wild creature today, as it usually is in the nursery with its younger sister.
These innocent looking wild animals are kept behind bars for the safety of the public. If these little bunnies get loose, they are known to gang up on their victims with their paws, loud cries, and teary eyes, until they get what they want, which is their favorite food, McDonald kibbles and bits. Alone, they are quiet and well-behaved, but together, they can wear you down quickly. When not hungry, they play games together that no one else can understand.
One of the most rare exhibits was this wild young Blushing Fawn. Often running ahead of the pack, teasing the pelicans with fake food, climbing rails and berms, and pushing buttons meant for handicapped visitors to open doors, this creature is hard to spot. Fortunately, I happened to catch this one as it captured a wild chicken. Since this animal only eats various forms of pasta, it later let the chicken go and ran off to climb a wall.
These lovely and lively creatures are Ado-less-sense Chicks. They always travel in chattering groups and can often be found grooming their feathers, or helping other Chicks groom theirs. Clucking and flapping their wings are common, especially when any
male species are present. Their diet is spotty, sometimes consuming great quantities, other times eating little or nothing. They are prone to health problems, including infections called "Zits" and tend to lose their bright plumage when fully grown. Separating the Chicks, especially at this age,
may sometimes lead to begging and exces
sive calling. They later evolve into Mall Chicks.
This red-butted long-haired howler monkey is known for it's funny antics, especially around other monkeys. With it's distinctive sport shoe aroma and sugar and meat diet, it also is known for its skills in compassionately managing small, noisy creatures known as Eliatots. It is camera-shy, as you can see by the ugly face it is making to scare off potential picture-taking visitors.
The pictures pretty much tell the story. Tacos, tequila, music, a crackling fire, 15 minutes of rain to clear the air, and a party that went til after 3:00 A.M. Great company and some really good harmonies! Val and Margie with a little help from me threw another memorable bash.