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An Enlightening Trip to the Zoo

November 14, 2007

We partook of more gloriously sunny weather today and headed to the zoo for $2 Tuesday (what a deal!) with some of our homeschool group.

I’ve never been to the zoo with a group of children larger than my own three children. It is quite a different experience. Children see all the base and most primitive behavior that all animals share, i.e. peeing and pooping. They aren’t afraid to comment on it; they are candid.

The third animal that we saw was a sea otter. Those cute little creatures are deceptive. We saw him floating on the far side of the exhibit and he kept floating closer to us and we were trying to figure out what he was eating. Was it a carrot or a hot dog or a shell fish? These were our initial guesses, seriously. As he got to the window and floated a mere two feet in front of us, the kids noticed that it really looked more like a pink nipple. And wait…was it attached to him? Yes, it was.

This particular otter kept coming back up in conversation because the kids were so interested in his behavior. One girl noted that she thought he was licking his you know what and do you know you could probably get a tongue infection from doing that! That, my friends, is the show that we got a the zoo today.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Prairie Momma permalink
    November 14, 2007 5:39 am

    Hahaha!!! And to think I thought it was only my boys!! When J was about 9, he proudly came in and announced to the ladies I had over for tea that we would be having kittens soon. When I asked him how he knew that, he candidly told us “I just saw it happen.” Add to that C comes in quite often and tells me “Willie (the male duck) bred Daffy three times today” and then he goes on to describe exactly how ducsk breed. As interesting as the process might be, it’s just not what you expect to hear your young child tell you. I thought it was just life on the farm – but then, we haven’t been to the zoo for a couple of years. Thanks for reminding me what I’m missing. :):)

  2. Evelyn permalink
    November 14, 2007 2:03 pm

    One of the things I love about kids the most is their candid comments, even though they can often be quite surprising!

  3. Lisa permalink
    November 14, 2007 6:10 pm

    C-It’s not only boys. There was only one boy in our group of six kids!

  4. Angelina permalink
    November 14, 2007 11:01 pm

    I think the zoo would be a terrible place for an easily embarrassed parent to take children. you really have to be comfortable with all the base subjects. Max and Rex were obsessed with a monkey that threw some poop. He still talks about it.

    It’s even more fun when your kid starts talking loudly about animals getting carnal with each other. I could live without that!

  5. Lisa permalink
    November 15, 2007 12:00 am

    That sea otter was getting carnal with himself!

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