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ZOMG! I forgot about the sea lions!

How could I have forgotten about the sea lions?

After lunch, we had to dash uptown to Central Park Zoo, in order not to miss the sea lions perform. Lisa had warned us their last performance would be on at 4pm, and with seconds to spare, we arrived at the ticket booth just as it was closing up shop for the day -- ours were the last tickets sold, and we had half an hour to enjoy them before the zoo closed. We rushed over to the sea lions, who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their keepers/trainers and the fish they carried.






















and back to the sea lions again:


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anonypooh
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
That's better!
ZOMG!!! They were so cute!!!!! ;)
gamiila
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: That's better!
The cutest!
nwhepcat
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Awww!

So do they still have the polar bear who does the weirdly neurotic, masturbatory, trancey swim loop all ... day ... long? He was front page on the Post for a while. They were trying to cure him, but I don't know if they succeeded. It was very weird, almost disturbing to watch. If you were standing at the viewing window below, he'd plant his foot right in front of your face when he did his turn.

(I have no critter icons but Dr. Ralph, who at least is the right color for a polar bear.)
gamiila
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know...we were shooed away from the bears as the zoo was about to close, and the big male never stirred in the 2 minutes I was standing at the viewing window. That is, until a female passed by, and then he got up to sniff her bottom.

And as far as I'm concerned, Dr. Ralph could easily pass for a polar bear in that picture there. My Manasse, I sometimes call him my polar cat. ;-)
bogwitch
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh sea lions! I do love them, though zoos make me cry.

Sorry I haven't been about for your reports, but my net connection has been terrible.

gamiila
Apr. 7th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
my net connection has been terrible.

I read that -- how awful! Still no word when 'sometime' might be, then? I like your DMP icons, though; that must be some consolation?

zoos make me cry

Old, badly maintained zoos, such as I have encountered in the former East Block and the Middle East, make me cry. The kind of zoos where the animals are neglected and pace up and down their cages neurotically, or in contrast lie down apathetically...

But I don't object to visiting the more modern zoos, like this one that is more like a wildlife preservation park, where the emphasis is on the well-being of the animals, and on education.

Yet they have performing sea lions, you say, and that's hardly narural? They're rescue animals, liberated from a circus. Performing's been these sea lions' way of life since birth almost, it keeps them fit and allows the keepers an opportunity for medical checks...one of them got administered eye drops when we were there.
bogwitch
Apr. 9th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
I think 'sometime' is a mythical future.

I accept that good zoos are important, but I just like to see animals free.
ter369
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I love the little Central Park Zoo. I spent a snowy March weekday there, with few visitors, and it was magical.

Your NYC adventures are great fun to read! I rarely have time to shop or walk around when I'm there.
gamiila
Apr. 7th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Central Park Zoo is an oasis of calm in an otherwise hectic city, and I like spending an hour, or even half an hour there when I'm in the neighbourhood. I've also been to the Bronx Zoo, which is massive and requires some careful planning not to miss the best bits. As I'm mostly a spur of the moment kind of person, it's no surprise I prefer the small scale of Central Park Zoo.
ter369
Apr. 7th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
One of my Flist members is a docent at the Bronx Zoo. If you plan to visit it on a return trip, let me know and I'll get you to in contact.
gamiila
Apr. 7th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Cheers! I might just take you up on that.
enigmaticblues
Apr. 6th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Whee! I love sea lions! And penguins and polar bears. *g*
gamiila
Apr. 7th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
'(Sea) lions and penguins and bears -- oh my!' Actually, I think most people are sentimentally attached to these animals, except maybe Eskimos, who'd eat them.
quietlychaotic
Apr. 7th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
That bear is doing the 'Please no publiciaty' thing!
gamiila
Apr. 7th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Really? I thought it was more of an "I'm in a nice cool shady spot and I'm not getting up for anything" kind of thing ;-)
curiouswombat
Apr. 7th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
There's only one icon to comment on those with!
gamiila
Apr. 7th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
There is indeed. Cool!
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