Anyway day 5 of our San Diego vacation we spent at the San Diego Zoo. It was a little less like a vacation and more like a grueling uphill walk for most of the day. Keep in mind we had been doing this “walking thing” for the last 3 days at different parks, and also keep in mind I’m six months pregnant carrying like I’m seven. We started off taking the guided tour bus thru the park before we tackled it by foot. I’m glad we did that. In a half hours time we got a lot of inside information about the animals, their personal names and how the zoo takes care of the animals. For example, the cheetahs we saw had a dog playing with them in their habitat. You’d think the dog would be a meal for the cheetahs but we learned that the dog was to help them socialize with people and acted as a sort of mediator between human and Cheetah. The dog actually taught a cheetah how to fetch. Quite interesting…
So while I started off having fun, snapping pictures of the different animals and of J Myster getting excited about the animals, I almost requested a wheel chair before leaving the park. But then realized they wouldn’t let me take the wheel chair out of the park. Despite all our walking, we only saw about 60 percent of the park. The San Diego Zoo is massive. We tried to spend time at exhibits that we don’t have at the Phoenix zoo, like the Polar Bear Exhibit.
So just like my other vacation posts I thought the best way to share all the pictures would be via a slide show.
These are some highlights.
When we took J Myster to the Phoenix zoo I was about 10 weeks pregnant with horrible horrible Hyperemesis (extreme morning sickness) Zofran got me thru the trip in one piece without puking my brains out. Anyway, J Myster fell in love with monkeys. We had to get him a spider monkey plush toy and this monkey he hasn’t been able to sleep without since then. So when he saw the gorillas I knew we had a problem. He saw them and screamed “monkey monkey, I see monkey” and went behind a roped off area into the bushes to try to get to the gorillas, whom thankfully were behind a plate-glass wall. I was dragging him out of the bushes while he screamed at me because he wanted in with the gorillas.
I know toddlers have no idea that animals are dangerous in any way because they are always presented in story books as being these friendly hug-able creatures, trying to explain that to a toddler who does not sense danger is really hard! As I’m retrieving my son from the bushes a Gorilla is staring me down. It was a bit unsettling, even with the protection. There is something so human like with them, but their intense stares are intimidating. So while I’m dragging J out of the bushes, he continues to throw a tantrum so we had to immediately leave the exhibit.
I think the tike saw a nice variety of primates though that peaked his interest and curiosity. We even saw a little squirrel monkey with a baby on her back that caught J’s eye and before leaving the park we stopped by the zoo gift shop and low and behold there was a squirrel monkey stuffed animal with a baby on its back that you could strap on and off via Velcro, there was no way we were leaving the zoo without it.
My favorite part of the zoo was watching the polar bear swim and fetch his toys! You’d think I’d see that at Sea World and even though we got an up close experience with a polar bear at Sea World, we didn’t get to see him playing and swimming in the water. It was fun to see them that way instead of these vicious beasts you see or hear about.
So with sore feet and Braxton Hicks contractions getting the best of me we left the park at six, even though it stayed open til eight. We were starving and ready to relax back at the hotel room.
It was quite an overwhelming day for me physically. By Friday morning, I was ready to go home, but we decided instead of going back to Lego Land to do their water park, we’d go back to Sea World so Hunky Hubs could ride the Atlantis and we could see more orca whales…(that post coming soon.)
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