|Three fennecs being extremely inactive in the middle of the day.|
|Sumatran Tiger. Moments after this picture was taken, a chunk of horsemeat was thrown in for lunch.|
|Chameleon. It took quite a while to get both one eye looking at the camera, let alone both!|
|Spot the animal.|
|Zoomed and cropped.|
I walked past a seemingly empty enclosure on the way to the meerkats, then doubled back since there wasn't any "closed for maintenance" signage like some other exhibits. My patience was rewarded when this little guy appeared and posed for a couple photos.
|Lunch time for meerkats.|
It looked exactly like one of them had lost a contact lens on the bottom of the pool, and the others were helping to look for it.
Then they smelled the fish, as the keeper came in with a bucket. Those little guys were keen, gulping the little fish down whole.
|These two flamingos are older than my parents.|
Our beautiful flamingos are growing very old.
The oldest animals in the Zoo, the Greater Flamingo arrived in Australia in 1933 and the Chilean in 1948. Although every care is taken, we know they cannot live forever.
For the benefit of wild bird populations, the importation of birds is now tightly controlled. It is most unlikely that we will be able to replace these wonderful, but ageing, birds.
I've seen old elephants and tortoises before, but it was kind of strange to think of a bird that was born in my grandparents' generation.
|Highly active koala.|
|Anyone for a coffee?|
At 3:30, when I returned to the bamboo forest themed Panda section, one of the zoo's two pandas, Wang Wang, was out in his enclosure eating some food.
|Panda sculptures in the Bamboo Forest.|
Having seen pretty much every animal that wanted to be seen, I called it a day and headed back to the city.
Many years ago, when I was a uni student, and then later when I was teaching in Japan, I was often online on the message boards and forums on the website of Christian rock band Third Day. I made quite a few friends through conversations in those forums, and on messenger/skype. In fact, I married one.
One of those friends, who up until this point neither Kara nor I had met in person, was +Hayden Coonan. (That was me testing a relatively new-ish thing here on Blogger, the ability to tag someone with a Google profile. See: +Glenn Davies. Back to my story about Adelaide.)
So, Hayden and I have technically known each other for years, through various forums and forms of social media. He's now married with two kids, so that kind of shows how much time has passed. He and his family live in Adelaide, so after my trip to the zoo, I met up with Hayden in town after he finished work, and then we went back to Casa di Coonan for dinner.
As they live a ways south out of Adelaide itself, this involved driving on the city's South Expressway (see picture above). It has three lanes, all of which run in the same direction. It is a one-way highway. You can drive northbound in the mornings, but in the afternoons and evenings it only goes southbound. They are now working on constructing a duplicate beside it, so that it can become a two-way highway.
It seemed strange to me that it wasn't just built as a four-lane (two lanes each way) highway in the first place. Government logic at its finest.
Dinner involved two and a bit trips to Woolies. On our way out to the car Hayden remembered eggs, and ducked back. On the way to pick up his son from daycare, he remembered the sour cream. Don't you hate when that happens?
|Spot the sun-burned tourist!|
I successfully caught a bus back to Adelaide, and not only was able to navigate my way back to my hostel, but I also found the Coopers Alehouse, which Hayden had told me was further down the same street. I've filled this post with photos, and it's late, so more on that later!
|Late-night reading - with doughnuts.|