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Friday, September 14, 2001

Day Three: The Zu

Yes... the Zoo. The place where they place animals and creatures and charge you money to see them when you can practically find the same thing for free in MMU... sheesh.. go figure! Anyway, this was a day when the Emptybox, her sis, her sis's friend, and her cousins and yours truly, went to the Zoo. How exciting....I'm practically jumping for joy...[ said in a very monotonous tone].

And so, after a quick breakfast and a quick ride to the nearest MRT station, we were on our way. Waiting for a bus never seemed this interesting as a near accident had us all in a state of shock... for a while anyway as I slipped and almost fell while after taking a shot from a weird angle. The best part was, I was using someone else's camera...:D Lucky thing I didn't drop it...

And finally, we arrived at the zoo. Wow, makes you wonder how cool narration is... all it took was a matter of seconds to bring you to the destination when it took us almost an hour to get there in actuality. Anyway, we started off by visiting the primates. Rather interesting looking at these funny creatures moving around, doing really strange things to get attention and speaking in a very strange tongue. And the colors they have to attract a mate really makes one think. It's no wonder these creatures are the dominant species on the planet. Oh, did you think I was talking about monkeys? Sorry... was talking about the tourists... Moving on, the next item on our agenda was monkeys! Monkeys.. gibbons... everybody knows what they are, and if they don't, the Cambridge dictionary can be purchased at RM 30 at all popular bookstores, thank you.

Next was.. lemme see... I need some help here... ah heck.. nevermind. I'll just write whatever I can remember. Let's see now... I do remember watching the pygmy hippos. Judging by their name, one would probably think that they're pretty small. Yeah right! They're huge enough for me. About the size of a man. Roughly 1.5 metres long. Maybe not that huge, but huge enough. Wait till you see the actual hippos... those are even larger... and comparitively, yes... they do deserve the right to be called pygmies...

Some of the animals worth mentioning are of course, the sealions. How could we forget them, we were up front on the first row for their show. Yes... there were animal shows at different times of the day. Anyway, we got splashed, [naturally] but the show was interesting... short but interesting. I really admired the sealions. Their bodies are practically this huge piece of muscle. Really strong animals... And then there's the giant arapaima, reputated to be the worlds biggest freshwater fish. The one we saw was around 2.5 metres long while the ones in the wild can grow up to 4 metres long. Now that's BIG!!! Luckily, this giant is found only in the amazon rivers... hate to bump into one of these in the Malaysian rivers.

And now... the cats. Actually I wrote another version earlier, but somehow it didn't get published... I should have saved it on a text file first.. shucks... my mistake. Anyway, the white tigers were of course an interesting sight to behold. Not much different from our regular orange tigers, but their color makes them look more majestic...[hmmm.. does white make one look more majestic?]. The lions were mating.. er.. making a lot of noise... [we thought they were mating till we saw them fighting for food.. shucks... they ain't no fun.... but who can blame them? Would you wanna do it with everybody watching?] The cheetah was cool.. long muscular slender body... made to track down it's prey and kill it. Here's a thought... can you 'spot' the difference between a leopard and a jaguar?

The crocs were of course one of the coolest animals at the zoo. These monsters were HUGE!!! I hate to imagine meeting one of their prehistoric ancestors in a dark alley anywhere. Infact, the reptiles were the coolest in the zoo. But let's get back to the crocs. These buggers were salt water crocs... so they were no doubt bigger than the common river dwellers that we heard of from time to time. The snakes were equally cool. We saw two cobras, and when they were face to face their hoods spread out in an aggressive approach. Plus, the python was cool as well... huge... Big reptiles.

Anyway, the whole trip was cool. An interesting insight into the animal realm... oh, and they do scratch their vitals from time to time... just like humans...


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