I’m a lucky duck and can get into the LA Zoo for free since I work across the street. Yesterday was sort of a rough-impending-deadline day, so I decided that the perfect stress release was a stroll around the zoo in the warm sun to say hey to the animals.
When I go to the zoo at lunch I almost always take a peek at the meerkats and the koalas and wallabies. They’re all near the front of the park and fit into that small and fuzzy animal category that I appreciate (To give you some perspective, squirrels are one of my favorite animals. Sure, they can be awfully pesky, but they are mostly awfully adorable to me).
The koalas are always sleeping in the afternoon, but they’re still fun to aww www at. I spotted two in the trees, including this fuzzy guy (or gal).
Below the koalas the wallabies hang out in the enclosure’s floor space. While I was checking them out a squirrel jumped into the enclosure and zig-zagged across it, heading straight for the wallaby food bowl. The squirrel jumped right in and started chowing down. The two wallabies nearby didn’t seem to care. I found it amusing that I was there to see koalas and wallabies and ended up spending more time watching the squirrel.
Also, this meerkat says hi:
There are probably some complex pro and con arguments that can be made about zoos, but I was just happy to catch some Vitamin D from the sun and get out of my cubical enclosure across the street.