Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mally-Moo goes to the Zoo

Brett had Memorial Day off (yes, the holiday in May) and so we decided to take a family trip to Tama Zoo. I'd heard it was lots of fun and well laid out, and that is true. We had a great time and saw lots of animals.
Mallory hanging out in her stroller, looking too cute for the zoo :)
The thing that makes this zoo so cool is the affectionately named "meat bus". Basically, you get to be up close and personal with the lions. This is the "bus barn" where you get on/off the buses.
Brett and Mallory waiting to go buy tickets for the bus.

We got tickets, so now we are waiting our turn for the lion bus.
Once on you are basically locked into the bus, you are seated on a row of seats that face out. The bus is covered with windows, and just below the windows, on the sides of the bus, are large chunks of meat and bones. You are driven around the lion area, and some of the lions are laying out in the sun, totally unfazed that you are going by.
Others come RIGHT UP to the bus for a meat snack!

All gone!

That's the closest you ever need to be to a lion, little girl!
After the lion bus, we walked around the rest of the zoo, checking out all the animals.
The elephants posed for us!
Brett posed too.
Look at those cute giraffe butts.
I think that is a tapir of some sort.
Otters- one of my favorite animals
Daddy, Mal and a rhino
He took a bath and came up to say hello!
Koala bears are so cute.
Mommy and Mal check out the kangaroos.
Mallory says, "Yay for the zoo!"
She also wanted to show off her 2 bottom teeth that were just coming in!
We strolled by the tiger- he was less than amused to see us.

It was a fun-filled family day at the zoo, and I can't wait to go back again when Mal is a bit older and can name some of the animals! I had to throw this last picture in of the manhole cover- they are so decorative all over Japan!

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