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By: BriarCraft , 11:14 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
One evening last week, I saw an interesting story on the local news. It was about lion cub triplets at the Oregon Zoo who recently met their dad for the first time. While the announcer did a cutesy voice-over, this is the video that was shown:
A little investigation at the Oregon Zoo's website soon took me to YouTube and this fun video:
I learned the cubs would be on display with their parents any dry day with temperatures above 45°. After checking the forecast, I picked a day. A little gentle persuasion and I soon had DH and my parents convinced it would be a great way to spend Wednesday afternoon.
After years as a member of the San Diego Zoo, I don't have high expectations when I visit other zoos; they just can't compare. That said, the Oregon Zoo continues to make improvements in its ongoing effort to provide an entertaining and educational experience. In fact, there were two major construction projects underway, causing some exhibits to be off display and animals in other open exhibits to stay out of sight because of the noise. Even so, it was a great afternoon to be at the zoo, along with hundreds of young parents and their rambunctious children.
Some animals, like this lizard, were unperturbed by noisy construction or noisy children. Hanging by his back claws, he even managed to doze off.
If OregonBirdOfPrey happens to come by, he should appreciate what it's like to see a Red-Tailed Hawk and Turkey Vulture up close:
Who says turkey vultures are dull black???
I hope never to meet one face to face, but isn't this face handsome?
Menage a trois? Quatre?
Nesting time in the Lorikeet aviary.
and I couldn't resist purchasing a little cup of nectar to share.
I had to take at least one photo of the many life-sized bronze critters that add a bit of fun to the landscape. This little squirrel was caught filching peanuts from someone's lunchpail.
Finally, we came to the object of our quest, the lion family.
Born on September 7, 2013, this is one of the triplets.
Mom was nearby.
And here is Dad with one of his offspring.
Thanks for coming along with me to see the lion cubs!
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