Post Tiger-Attack Zoo Trip

With the San Francisco Zoo in the news lately, HP and I got it in our heads to go down and check it out while the scent of fear and paranoia were still heavy in the air. We ended up having a delightful day. Not only is the Zoo a fun, educational place to spend the day, it's just a bit more exciting knowing that there is the slight but very real possibility we could be eaten. The slight risk of death makes everything exciting. After all, how do you think those Tijuana sidewalk taco carts stay in business?

Here's us coming out of the West Portal Tunnel into Duboce Park:

Coming out of the West Portal Tunnel

We took the L down to the Zoo. The first thing we saw inside was a giraffe eating some leaves.

SF Zoo Giraffe

Followed shortly by this neat gorilla.

  We came around the corner and went into this little enclosure with West African birds. They were ugly things. Looked like buzzards.

Look out! Buzzards!

We walked around for a while. I think the neatest thing at the zoo the whole day was the up-close-and-personal time with a peacock while we were waiting for the penguins to be fed.  I don't think I've ever seen a peacock up close before, except for a stuffed one at my friend Joe Phillip's house.

Peacock

After waiting for a while, the penguin  feeders came the penguin environmental area. I don't know if you can see it on the video, but the woman has whole sardines – fish six to eight inches long. She would drop one after another into these penguin's mouths and they would swallow the fish whole!  One after another!  They didn't look big enough for one, much less the three or four I saw some of them eat.
Feeding the Penguins

Sadly, the trip ended in tragedy.

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