nyc : central park zoo
so, we went to the central park zoo with charlie. he was born in nyc, but never visited the zoo. i had a different plan for this post based on how new yorkers are notorious for giving the wrong directions. i was going to ask the animals where we could find the snow leopards and they would tell us the wrong way. you can see in the photos that it's kind of like they're speaking to us and we end up back with the polar bear.
but, tomorrow is september 11th and it didn't seem appropriate. instead, i'll dedicate this post to all that is good and the fact that new york city is still here & thriving. we've never visited ground zero and won't until there's something to see other than a hole in the ground. i kind of think donald trump was right when he said we should rebuild the world trade center as it was, but more structurally sound and with an extra floor on each building. it's been eight years and we're missing the ! at the tip of manhattan. it's time to rebuild already, but regardless, we'll never forget the beautiful souls that were lost that awful day.
a lovely view from the zoo.
the most entertaining polar bear you could ever see.
the birds in the rain forest were the best part. so beautiful. we love the mohawk-style feathers on this one.
the red pandas were beautiful and playful.
when we first walked into the penguin exhibit i was taken a back because these guys were just posing. i thought we might be looking at some taxidermy, but then they started swimming around.
there's a children's zoo, too. looks like cinderella was there as someone left her pretty pink sandals behind.
by this point we were moving like a couple of turtles.
shy and sweaty snake.
these were the coolest monkeys.
hey, pretty bird? your blue feathers are incredible, but please don't poop on me like the bird yesterday in city island. gross!
he was the king of the zoo!
the snow leopards were in hiding that day, but the polar bear, birds, monkeys and other animals were great. we should do a better job of caring for our planet so zoos aren't the only places wild animals can survive.