www.sarahlaughed.net > National Zoo - October 28, 2005

ape

ape

just hangin' around ...


cappies behind bars

cappies behind bars

I've had a soft spot for capybaras ever since I read Bill Peet's Cappyboppy as a child. The bars in this photo, though, kept bringing to mind B-movies instead.


cheetahs

cheetahs

The cubs we saw on our last visit have grown a lot, but they still liked curling up with their mom – at least when it was cold.


easy street

easy street

Lions at the zoo get a health plan! Where can I apply?


elephant

elephant


R.I.P., extinct species

R.I.P., extinct species

A little educational touch for Boo at the Zoo – extinct species, rest in peace.


Gorilla

Gorilla


John Waters Nativity

John Waters Nativity

One of the scarier displays for Boo at the Zoo ... I think it was meant to invite us to imagine what outdoor nativity scenes might look like if designed by John Waters. Truly frightening!


koala ghoul

koala ghoul

a creation along the side of the path for Boo at the Zoo – kinda scary, kinda cute


lioness in the sun

lioness in the sun


lioness

lioness


orangutan cuddle

orangutan cuddle

awww ...


skeletal fishing

skeletal fishing

a spookier version of the stock American scene at the fishin' hole, courtesy of Boo at the Zoo


skeletal picnic

skeletal picnic

a lovely scene created for Boo at the Zoo


skeletal shower

skeletal shower

This Boo at the Zoo creation was right next to the surreal outdoor bathroom scene. I think it was supposed to be a tableau from Psycho, only with a skeleton being murdered by a giant rat.


surreal outdoor bathroom scene

surreal outdoor bathroom scene

It must be a heck of a lot of fun to put together the displays for Boo at the Zoo. This outdoor bathroom scene struck me as more surreal than scary, but I liked it.


tiger ghoul

tiger ghoul

another spooky creation put together for the Halloween Boo at the Zoo celebration


tiger in profile

tiger in profile

striking, eh?


tiger stretching

tiger stretching

Unfortunately, the later photo of the tiger CLIMBING THE TREE – all four legs on the trunk – didn't turn out.


wild horse

wild horse

This species from Mongolia is the only kind of horse on Earth that hasn't been domesticated – other wild horses are domestic horses that escaped and then bred. You know that saying, "wild horses couldn't drag me away"? I get the impression that it's either about the horse being too cute to resist (and thus it refers to the determination of the speaker) or it must be an expression like "you could have knocked me over with a feather," referring to how the wild horse is more interested in munching on some hay than in dragging anyone anywhere.