Heather and I spent the morning walking around the San Diego Zoo with our friend LaRee. It was nice to get outside after being at the office all week.
We started out at the Flamingo pool, where this one male peacock was trying to alternately impress or molest some of the ducks.
The ducks didn't seem all that impressed, but every now and then he would grab one of them by the top of the head. That generally got their attention. This isn't the first time I've seen this behavior there.
Adhama the young Hippo was cruising around the pool, riding on his mother's back mostly. You can't really see it in the pictures, but she's underneath him. Every now and then she would stick just the end of her nose up out of the water for a breath.
We spent some time watching the Spot-Nosed Guenon at the Ituri Forest exhibit. They share the enclosure with the Allen's Swamp Monkeys and the River Otters.
I realize that I shouldn't ascribe human emotions to animals based on facial expressions or body language, but this Swamp Monkey really looked like he had something to say - and it didn't look like it would be pleasant.
There is a big pool full of all sorts of birds at the bottom of the hill. It's always a great place to hang out.
The keeper was in the back of the pond area putting out food, and one of the local mallards decided he was ready for some salad.
We stopped to see the Malayan Tigers, but only got a few shots as it was very crowded. Here's Christopher, one of the cubs.
Click here to see more images from our walk around the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, February 18, 2012, including some rather strange close-ups of the hippos, and a couple different shots of Ubon, the new male Malayan Tiger.
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- Frank B. Baiamonte
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