Thursday, November 12, 2009


So, after a some fairly quick planning, we all went to the Turtle Back in NJ. It's been 2 years since we got here, and all of our outings have been medical issues, doctors appointments and hospital stays. Before Winter arrives, we put our minds to do something different, and with the help of our star supporting cast, we made it! At first I had no idea of what was going on... I just knew that Mommy and Daddy were sneaky, and that on Tuesday morning I got all dressed up... and then Daddy put a strange thinguie on me. Everyone started saying I was bunyee jumping... very funny, people! And then I was squished in the back seat of a SUV... And I mean squished! All these pillows around me were very squishy! We arrived to the Zoo in just 10 minutes, and it took a bit to figure out how to put all my gear in the wheelchair... Yup, space IS the final frontier... I have too much stuff... Thank goodness I have a strong entourage! Daddy had the task of pushing me all the way... Someone will be developing muscles soon!

Here's the front of the place. Pretty straight-forward. But inside it is a whole new world. Bushes are trimmed with animal shapes, the landscaping is perfect, the animal cages are huge, and the peacocks roam free... Mommy was wary of the peacocks... she was attacked by one back in her hometown zoo and she still has some years to recuperate from the emotional scars...

There were a few birds in display... big humongous birds! Here we see a vulture, black neck swans and parrots... but there were also the huge american eagle, crows, owl, and the big ones that are called emu. Mommy's camera was feeling funky, so she could not snap everything... but you get the idea. Me, I did some catnaps through the birds visits. You know me, if it is not too exciting, I wander away. I love danger!

And talking about danger... The white wolves were AMAZING! They are HUGE! Watching them through the glass was quite an experience! I never imagined they would be so big... and these were young... After watching them we saw a big black bear. And then we took a small break at the carrousel and snack area. Between donuts, fried chicken and egg salad it was all a great treat! Of course I joined in with my special milk, I was not gonna stay hungry!

These felines were sleeping when we got there, but both woke up staring at me, and started going back and forward all the time staring at me... Their eyes were very focused... It was quite a scary feeling. Now I know how turkeys must feel before Thanksgiving day... Mommy got nice shots of them thanks to their keen interest on the diva... Gee, thanks Mom!

In the Outback area there were some interesting horses, from big Dante (a huge warhouse who was not as huge as they can be but still was pretty impressive to us) to the pony in the picture. And there was a variety of llamas... and a bull that was emasculated and Mommy thought it was just a huge burly manly cow... LOL

Here is a rare snapshot of just the three of us! Do I make my parents look good or what? At our side is a pesky peacock that kept following us everywhere. Obviously male, seems Daddy has something to worry about... :P

And so the day got to its end. We visited the reptile area, saw some cool snakes and frogs... Mom was startled by the wounded-heart pigeons as they really look like they have a gorish wound in their throats... The zoo store had some neat plushed animals, especially peacocks. LOL And someone in our entourage got me a lovely picture frame so I will remember my first fun trip for years to come! It was a great day filled with suspense, drama, happiness, freedom, comic relief, and much hope. I can't wait to have another adventure soon! God definitively watches over me, and I can never thank Him enough for all the gifts He brings me!


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