Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Wild Wonders

As a special treat for the elementary school book fair, the PTA booked the Fort Worth Zoo's Wild Wonders to come to the school tonight. It was so much fun. The kids had a blast and we all learned something. The zoo folks, Blanca and Rick, brought eight animals: Betty the Burmese python, a kinkajou (missed its name wranging my own zoo of children), a black-footed penguin named Oscar (my favorite), Splash the alligator, Sammy the springhaas, Remington the red-tailed hawk, Kenya the serval cat and Mac the blue and gold macaw.

It didn't seem too sexual at the time, but looking at my picture again and all I can think is that is one impressive snake there buddy. Uzz is in the background not looking too thrilled with this critter.

Oscar the penguin is actually a girl. She's 17 and brays for her sound. Was funny to hear. Learned something new tonight. These penguins have three eyelids. The third one is clear and moves sideways and allows the penguins to see while they swim underwater.

Here was the little gator. Stinkerbelle liked the "ayigator."

She also liked the "birds." Check out the groovy clock on the cafeteria wall.

Macaws evidently are good pets, but they only bond to one person and are hard to care for by anyone else. This one kept saying Barbara. That was the lady who it belonged to before the zoo.

Now, you had to know there would be kid pics. Here is Stinkerbell jumping. She says "dump, dump, dump" while jumping. Forunately, she wasn't "dumping," too.

Another piece of trivia for you: Hawks have no gizzards, so they cough up "owl bits" and if you take these things apart, you can actually put the bones, etc, back together and tell what he ate. Interesting.


  • At 8:51 AM, May 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Funny that you should mention owl pellets! At Justin's open house last night we got to see the owl pellet he dissected. He believes the bones were a shrew and we got to see the bones laid out with all the hair in a baggie. Hannah's preschool class is dissecting owl pellets today as part of outdoor adventure day, too!! Owl pellets must be a big part of Hoosier education!

  • At 9:27 AM, May 13, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Owl pellet ... I knew I had that wrong. Funny that both of your kids are learning about that. I had never heard of that before. Was very interesting. I'm trying to get some friends to help me collect money to do a party with the zoo folks. It was great.


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