Matching Hands

Matching Hands

Our visit to the Phoenix Zoo yesterday provided an opportunity to visit on a weekday and, as members, to enter before the normal opening time. It was interesting to wander the pathways for forty-five minutes and observe zoo staff cleaning animal exhibits. After the 9 a.m. opening time, we encountered mainly mothers and young children exploring the zoo. One of the most interesting interactions was between a young boy and the Borneo mother orangutan and her young son. Bess was holding Jiwa while sitting and looking intently at the boy as their different sized hands touch each side of the window. Bess then picked up a sheet and ambled farther away from the window where she breast fed Jiwa while modestly covered by the sheet. Another image only available in my mind involved a female baboon nestled in a corner adjacent to a window and a curious young girl wearing sunglasses and a colorful yellow outfit. The young girl was too bashful to pose for my picture. I did capture a closeup of the baboon. A nearby mandrill was also next to a window while munching on leaves. The Siberian tiger chewed a hunk of meat. The African lion briefly posed before assuming his place atop a prominent rock and napping with his face turned away from us. The lioness, however, was licking the base of a tree. The cheetahs were gathered near the center of their enclosure, but one of them held a standing pose. The komodo dragon, out-of-doors, surprised all observers by leaping toward a bird. The birds in the Tropical Flights aviary were open to my photography, I took pictures of a straw-necked ibis, western crowned pigeon, pied imperial pigeon, great argus pheasant, and a white-faced whistling duck. It was a great day to not only observe animals, but also to enjoy the blooming roses, hibiscuses, and other flowers.

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