My boyfriend surprised our son and I with a zoo trip last Friday. Our son being almost seven months old had no idea but I got very excited about the surprise zoo trip. I’ve been so excited to get to watch all his first. I took a ton of pictures but because of the poor lighting in the zoo and not being able to use flash for the safety of the animals, the photos didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped.
For our zoo trip we went to Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ve been there a few different times but taking my son was definitely my favorite yet. Watching his curiosity, his wonder, the shock and awe of all the new animals. It was brilliant! To just watch his eyes get so big with each new animal and his beautiful smile when a few started to play with him on the other side of the glass.
The aquarium was our first stop. There our son tried to grab a turtle, (through the glass) looked a giant fish right in the eye and came face to face with a snake that could swallow him whole. Wonderful experiences for me and his father because he isn’t going to remember any of it. Haha
Aquatic animals came next as we walked through a glass sea of seals, penguins and puffins. Our son laughed and laughed as the seals played in the water, swimming back and forth in front of him and his father. Splashing about with each other and the toys in their area. It was definitely a sight to see.
The penguins just sat quietly on their rocks and stared at the two of them. This went on for a few minutes as my son shifted from one position to another in his father’s arms. With the penguins not moving my son grow restless trying to get a better look at them. Finally after squirming continuously for a better view his father just lifted him upon to his shoulders. Where our son sat contently and had a staring contest with said penguins.
Though the penguins had no interest in interacting with us the puffins or one puffin in particular was all about playing with our son. Our little man got so excited by the swimming bird that his father had to take a step back when he started hitting the glass. The little puffin wasn’t even phased by the banning of our child he just steadily treaded water staying mostly in the same spot as our son jumped up and down in the arms of his father.
As we moved on to the four legged grass eating animals we didn’t see much action. Most were either sleeping or eating but even then our son still look upon them with such wonder and fascination. The antelope, zebra and giraffes paid no mind to our son as he jumped in excitement at the sight of them. They just kept right on doing their own thing as he talked at them from his father’s arms.
The next area contained wild cats. The mountain lions were sleeping and the tigers were nowhere to be seen but the lions were as active as ever. From my boyfriends observation the female lion seemed to want to be left alone so the male lion took on the guest. Drawing everyone’s attention away as he paced back and forth in front of the giant window.
Finishing up our day we stopped by the monkey pits. The lighting in the monkey pits was worse than any other place in the zoo for pictures and since I didn’t want to take the stroller down the stairs I was forces to the ramp and the dark side of the room. Our son had stated to get tired by this time so his fascination with the swinging creatures was often followed by a big yawn but he still enjoyed watching them swing around and eat bugs off each other.
That’s about all I have time for today but I hope you all will be back tomorrow and I’d love you hear from you. Questions, comments or ideas.
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