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Manic Monday

Riverbanks Zoo, SC#1- You might remember that last week Chad and I chaperoned a school field trip to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. We had SUCH a great time!!! I debated on whether or not to bombard you guys with zoo pics today or just share my general let’s-try-to-get-happy-on-Monday stuff. In the end I decided that the animals are happy. Like this alligator that really wanted to eat my kid.

Riverbanks Zoo#2- Playing is happy.

Riverbanks Zoo

#3- Napping is HAPPY.

Riverbanks Zoo

#4- Eating (We got to feed these guys!!! They eat kale. Baby Giraffe here is licking his chops) is happy!

Riverbanks Zoo

#5- This guy made my heart happy. His name is Chaka. He is 28 years old and despite this ugly concrete room he’s in (where he really wanted to hang out so he could see all the children) he has a pretty great natural habitat. Chaka is a Western Lowland Gorilla who likes to do puzzles and help out with daily tasks. He was sitting on this burlap sack and kept peering over his shoulder at me. I’d perched on a bench in front of a bank of windows while there was a lull in the crowd with the hopes of getting a really great photo because Chaka was AMAZING. But while I fiddled with my camera Chaka turned, walked over to the glass, and suddenly we were nose to nose. He looked me straight in the eye and I wish I could accurately explain to you the catch in my throat or how I felt this big guy was staring into my soul. Best part of the day.

Riverbanks Zoo

#6-  Baby Koalas are SOOOOO happy.

Riverbanks Zoo

#7- Some wild animals never adapt to their domestic habitats. Like Norma Jean, for instance.

It’s Monday. Have a great Week!!

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thoughtsappear

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

That Norma Jean pic is cracking me up!

I think Chaka had a crush on you.

Heather

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

I think you might be right.

Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

SO cute!! I'm happy you showed these pictures. I never get the Zoo anymore. Boo on me!

Heather

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

It had been a few years for me-- I want to go back soon! It really is so cool.

HelloMyNameIs

Monday 22nd of April 2013

LOL looks like you had a blast at the Zoo....Norma you terrify me!!!! lol

Peggy Campbell

Monday 22nd of April 2013

Love the pictures. Evan so cute. That was such a fun trip when we went. Glad you got to go with Chad. Norma Jean looks waaay craaazy!Wouldn't want her sneaking up on me!

Heather

Monday 22nd of April 2013

Norma is crazy. Never hurtful, though. Just plain crazy. We had such a great time at the zoo! We need to do it again for sure!

Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

Monday 22nd of April 2013

Hee hee... Baby Koalas..sweet

Heather

Monday 22nd of April 2013

Soooo sweet.