06.21.2009 46 °F
This entry is a bit out of date as I am no longer in Wellington but back in Christchurch with all of my good friends at Charlie B's!!! I didn't have a chance to update my blog before I left Wellington so I am doing it here now. Without further ado, here are my photos from the Wellington Zoo. Hey, that rhymed!!!
I finally got to see a Kiwi!!! They are so precious with their long skinny beaks. This poor fella lost one of his legs in one of those spring traps. So they named him "Tahi" which is the Maori word for "one". How appropriate. Without his other leg he can't survive in the wild so he will spend the rest of his life at the Wellington Zoo where he will be very well taken care of. Speaking of being very well taken care of... how awesome is Weta Workshop??? They make EVERYTHING. And then some. They put together a prosthetic leg for this guy to see if it would help him out with getting around easier. Although the leg does work, Tahi doesn't like it very much as I'm sure it doesn't feel natural to him and he probably doesn't understand that it's to help him out. Bless him.
And now for my all time favorite animal... the tiger!!!
How awesome is this photo??? If the fence wasn't there it would be perfect.
They are beautiful animals.
I got to watch homeboy feed both of the tigers. It was so amazing to see them stand up against the fence cause then you really get an idea of how big they are. And these guys are the smallest of all tigers!!! They are Sumatran tigers and the one above is the male. His mother shares the cage with him as well.
This is his mum.
This was so cute. They were rubbing their backs against the fence to scratch it. And they were making these really funny noises but it wasn't purring as tigers don't purr, believe it or not.
This is the male. I can't remember their proper names.
I took like 3 times as many tiger photos but I can't upload them right now as the connection is a bit slow. So I just put up my favorites.
Giraffes are also very cute with their long eye lashes. And they have such puppy dog eyes, too!!!
Mommy and baby!!! Although baby is almost fully grown.
A red-bummed monkey.
I'll be seeing loads of these soon!!!
And these, too!!!
How awesome is this??? I had no idea that Cheetah's were so domesticated. At least, compared to the other wild cats. And they purr SO LOUD. You can hear it like 20 feet away from the fence. It's amazing.
This is a Red Panda (Claus). It's like a raccoon, a cat and a little bear. Or something like that.
YAY!!! So that was my trip to the Wellington Zoo. And for those that have seen it, this is the zoo where Peter Jackson filmed some scenes from his zombie movie "Braindead", or "Dead Alive" as it is known in the states. Check it out if you want a good laugh. Bloodiest film ever made!!! It's a world record holder!!! =)
I also have photos to put up of my Lord of the Rings tour that I did in Wellington which was SUPER AWESOME, by the way. And also loads of other photos from my friend Hayley and I going around the south island. Good times!!! Talk to you all soon!!!