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Kitties!

I'm sure they'd hate being called kitties, but I was excited to see them. vampyrusgirl brought us to the zoo where she works and gave us a "behind the scenes" look at some of the big cats. "Behind the scenes" just means that they aren't ready to go into the public exhibit, so we saw them more up close in the smaller cages where they're kept at night. While I fully advocate larger, more "natural habitat" enclosures for them, it was great to be able to see them close up. The snow leopard cubs were tiny and cute! Mom was calm, but protective and alert. All three were beautiful. We also got to see the Jaguars up close, both in the smaller cages and one in the main exhibit who was sitting right by the class. Even the Cougars were pacing right by the glass. I had a great day full of big cats!

The female Jaguar is evidently in heat and was making low, gutteral sounds that could be heard all over the zoo. Towards the end of the day, the male Snow leopard was yowling 'cause he was hungry and wanted dinner. He too could be heard all over the zoo. I wonder what the herbivores think of all this...

The wolf cubs were quite cute. They all came running (with mom) when the mice treats/dinner were being thrown over the fence by vampyrusgirl. A playful romp/game over who got each mouse was quite amusing. I think each got at least one, but even if they didn't, they were fed more later. They seemed quite small still, compared to mom. Several followed her wherever she went while others were more independant in making their way back into the woods. One or two were more bold still, waiting to see if there'd be any more mice sailing over. Mom knew to look up for them to come sailing in, the cubs only started to look when they heard them hit the ground.

Many thanks again, vampyrusgirl for the tour. It was a great day.
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