Animal Watching

by Mollie

Andy took his birthday week off work, which gave us a chance to go to the zoo on a weekday morning.  (I promise not to post about every zoo trip but this is all I’ve got today!)

Natalie’s favorite of the day:  the baby elephant statue.  Forget the real animals!

Ben’s favorite: it’s a tie, between the pigeons that were after his crumbs at lunch…

… and the sleeping pig in the barnyard.  I would poke the pig through the fence, he would grunt in his sleep, and Ben would giggle.

My favorite: the new California Condors, one of the rarest birds in the world (less than 200 left in the wild, the zoo is part of a conservation program).  I know lots of people think they are ugly or creepy but I love them!  This exhibit is fantastic.  It is huge, yet you can get up close.  The birds have been so active every time we’ve seen them.  These ones are still juveniles but their wingspan is already impressive, must be close to 9 feet already.  I tried to get some good pictures, but they are fast.

One last thing: Natalie doesn’t say “the zoo”, she calls it “the zoob”.  Cracks me up every time!  I will be sad when she learns to say it correctly!

6 Responses to “Animal Watching”

  1. Gpa & Gma Wilkie says:

    What a fun time you all had at the zoob! I know what you mean about being sad when they learn to say something correctly. With our Sue, it was “mazagine.” Yes, the condors are impressive. so are the children. :=)

  2. Hillary says:

    A whole week off work! Nice! I know what you mean about the condors. Sometimes I love things because they are so ugly and awkward that they become attractive again.

  3. Auntie Laura says:

    Hahaa! Cutie Ben! Nata’s adorable! Your hair looks great! And you actually look a little like Jamie.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Great pictures! The Condors look amazing to watch. I have never seen one in real life. It must have been nice to have Andy home for a week! I bet Natalie and Ben just loved that. 🙂

  5. Chelsie says:

    that’s so typical of our wilkie babies! pay money to see live animals, and the favorites are the pigeons and the statues:) i love the santa barbara zoob! i was just flipping through pics of us going last halloween.. so fun! miss you guys..

  6. Hannah says:

    We just got a pass for Audrey’s birthday, we’ll have to plan a trip together! Looks like fun!

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