Lily and Derek have spring break right now, and because of that, Kevin took a few days off of work. We decided to take advantage of the good weather, to go to the zoo. We told the kids the day before, and after we did, Arthur spent every minute begging to see the animals.
We got to the zoo right when they opened, which is our favorite thing to do. We were at the giraffe compound first, and so one of the keepers asked Lily and Derek if they would like to help let the giraffes out. Lily got to lift the drawbridge, and then they got to stand in a special spot while the giraffes came out.
After all the giraffes came into the compound, Derek got to close the drawbridge. Then they fed the giraffes. They were both in heaven!
But nobody was as excited about the giraffes as Arthur was. Especially when he got to feed them.
Here is a little video of it.
One great thing about being there in the morning, as well as the mild weather, was that the animals were out and active. (And the crowds were super small.) The lioness was especially awesome. And so close to us!
Arthur's second favorite animal we saw was the elephant. There were two of them, and they were eating their breakfast.
Lily's favorite place is the reptile house. That alligator was definitely giving us the eye.
There were so many other animals out as well. It was wonderful.
One of the coolest things, was that the Mountain Goat was awake and visible - both of which rarely happen. It even jumped up on a rock and posed for me. So cool!
And there were animals out, that should not have been out. For some reason, the wild turkeys were on the wrong side of the fence, and so we walked by quickly :).
Lily's second favorite place at the zoo, is the barn, where you can pet the animals. They had a tortoise out for them to pet. Arthur even got into the action.
Kevin's and my favorite thing was getting to see the baby orangutang. She was about the cutest thing ever!
By eleven o'clock, we had been through the whole zoo, and had had a fantastic time.