How Did We Zoo?

Last Update: Sep 25, 2022

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Manny, Christie and Owo, our three adoptive kids have been with us since February 21, 2021, the day my wife escorted them to our home in California, all the way from Nigeria.

They have covered some ground in their acculturation journey. They now eat pizza and Macdonalds. They have made considerable strides from the day when one of them took a look at a pizza and vowed never to eat it!

How anyone intends to stay in the US for any length of time and not eat pizza baffled me to no end.

Ironically,Manny who vowed never to touch pizza, was the very first to taste it. After a soccer match in which he was the “Maradona,” a set of enthusiastic soccer moms decided to show their appreciation by offerihg his team boxes of pizza.

Remi and I decided to reward the kids with a visit to the Oakland Zoo on Labor Day. Temperatures was triple digit and it was sweltering hot. We clambered into Remi’s SUV and one hour later we were at the Oakland Zoo.



After completing the formalities at the gate, we were ushered into the zoo

We found ourselves face to face with the big cats- The Tiger. There were two tigers in the partitioned cage. One of them was asleep but the other one was wide awake. One of the zoo keepers gave us a lesson on Tigers. She explained that the stripes on a Tiger are individualized. No two tigers have the same stripes! They are just like a human being’s finger prints. The stripes are also imprinted on the Tiger’s body. What a revelation!



She also added the fact that there are more tigers in the US than in the wild!! That sure peeked my curiosity. Why doesn't Congress do something about the imbalance? I understand two key members are interested in the status quo and would not support such a bill.

We next rode in a motorized cab that took us over a chasm to the other end of the zoo. It was a gentle ride, nothing compared to the roller coaster twist and turn of a vortex ride The one that leaves you scared and breathless at the end of your ride

The kids seemed to be interested in the big cats so we went in search of lions. They were not much fun either because just like the tigers they were sleeping. Is it the pattern for big cats to be asleep in the afternoons? Afterall, they are not in the wild

We saw the elephant sand bathing. He was using his trunk to scoop some sand and covering itself with it.and not too long after, he was given a real bath. It was as if the sand bath preceded the real bath.



They went to a section of the zoo where they interacted with goals and sheep before heading to the frogs, amphibian and reptiles section. They were looking forward to seeing snakes and pythons but for some reason, they were missing.

We had spent two hours and it was getting to time for us to leave but not before the kids took their last 20-minute ride which took them around the zoo. They were delighted when their mom bought them tickets to take the ride. It afforded them the opportunity of a life time to see the lions walking majestically around their pens! Something they had looked forward to all day!



It was now time to head to the nearest KFC for buckets of spicy chicken, bread, fries and soda

What an outing!

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Well narrated Dadaz123. I enjoyed zooing around with you. Thanks lots.

It's a great experience being in a zoo with all the animals peering at you. Thank you for taking time to leave a comment. I appreciate it.

That was definitely a fantastic day that you had with your family, Dada! I wish I could do more of those sorts of things! I know you will treasure those memories always. And KFC for the finale? You simply cannot beat that, my friend!

Jeff😎👍

Thank you so much, Jeff! It was such a blast and it made an unforgettable impression on the kids.

I'll bet it was, Dada, and I'm sure it did! Very nice indeed! Enjoy your new week!

Jeff

It sure did, Jeff. Again, thank you for stopping by.

I'm glad to hear it, Dada! Enjoy the new week!

Jeff😎👍

Sounds like you all had a fantastic day Dada!!

Great stuff my friend!

We sure did have a great time together and it made an unforgettable impression on the kids. I appreciate your comment.

I'm sure that it did my friend and you are most welcome!

Thank you.

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Very interesting fact about Tigers, Dada. Kudos to you for adopting the children! Well done!

Mel

It's pretty disturbing having so many big cats in captivity when they could easily be returned to the wild.
We sure had a fun time with the kids on a sweltering hot labor day. Thanks Mel for leaving a comment.

You are most welcome Dada!

Mel

Fantastic story about all the animals. I love going to the Zoo.

I am sure you had a great day.

Elke

Elke, we sure had a great time with the kids at Oakland, the sweltering heat notwithstanding. Thanks for the comment. i appreciate.

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