Zoos are great places to take kids. Even crappy zoos can be entertaining for the little ones. Maybe that’s because kids are really just little wild animals and they feel they’re among their own kind at the zoo. Who knows!
We went to the zoo over the Christmas break with our kids and a whole bunch of their cousins, aunts, and uncles. It was great! The zoo was completely unimpressive as far a zoos go, but since it was our children’s first visit to any zoo (well, since they’ve been old enough to remember stuff), they thought it was the most exciting place ever.
Of course, they may not remember most of the animals, but they sure remember the lion that tried to pee on us and nearly succeeded, fishing through the fence for my daughters boot in the flamingo pond and the train ride.
“Mommy, remember when the lion tried to pee on us? That was so crazy!”
We were all innocently standing by the lion cage watching it pace majestically, because lions do everything majestically, when it wandered up close to us, turned around to show us his butt, and sprayed majestically. Seriously, it went nearly 10 feet! And most of us were within that 10 feet radius. FYI, if a lion comes up to you and then turns to show you his butt, you should back up.
“Mommy, remember when K lost her boot and we had to go fishing for it? That was so funny!”
I have no idea how it happened but all of a sudden, there was the little girl standing by the flamingo cage, minus her boot and crying. Naturally it had to happen in the one tiny spot where the pond flowed up to a drain that went under the path. The only way she could have lost her boot was if she had stuck her entire foot through the fence, which would not have been an accident. I’m shaking my head as I type this. So the aunts and uncles spent nearly half an hour with their arms through the fence, sticks in hand, trying to fish her pink little boot out of the muddy pond, while I stood holding her very heavy, sobbing, 4 year old self in my arms.
We did manage to rescue the boot just in time to catch the very expensive train ride which we had purchased non-refundable tickets to upon entering the zoo in the morning. She was seriously unimpressed with the train ride as her boot was soaked and muddy and she couldn’t put it on the entire time.
The train ride was just a train ride but kids love trains. I love getting to sit down and not chase them around.
It was a day to remember!
“Mommy, lions can pee really far can’t they? Remember the lion from the zoo? He almost peed on us!”