Saturday @ The Zoo

Nils spent the morning mowing the lawn and figuring out that horrible, smelly catch basin full of yucky water! — so the kids and I spent the time at the local zoo!  I thought it would be a bit more busy for a Saturday, but thankfully it was not!  We walked over after lunch, so we were not in time to see the Otters being fed – Soren only saw it once and hoped to see it again today.  Oh well – they’ll be plenty more visits.

We met up with Godelieve & Harvey at the playground for a bit.  Harvey really likes Maebh but really finds it fun to be with Soren – a bit of an older boy to learn from, etc.  Soren likes to climb on the ropes and the obstacle course – and Maebh likes to copy it, but normally has some bumps and falls along the way.  And in the next photo, Harvey has learned some of these climbing skills too, which I’m sure Maebh will eventually learn. 

Even though Maebh and I have been here so many times these past two months, I still find it fun to bring my camera, as I can always find something fun to take a photo of – whether it be the kids or an animal we don’t often even view.  Today I got some good shots of these little monkeys picking the fleas off each other.

The two Jaguars (mum & son) were walking back and forth together watching the large, Puma mum & her baby for a long time. It was like they were stalking them.  I have never seen the two Jaguars together like this, they don’t often eat together.  [The male in one the left and female on the right.]

This was the first time, we’ve seen the Puma baby outside of the glass area not sleeping.  It was so cute running around and playing with the mother.  She would hide behind a tree, then jump out and on top of her. They had the father on the other side of the fence area – not sure the reason.  I’ll have to ask the Zookeepers next time.  Perhaps he may harm the baby in jealousy?  No clue.

Looking back at the Jaguars!

Only one time Maebh & I were we lucky enough to stumble on the caimans being fed and of course, every time we go, we hope to be so lucky.  Soren loves going inside the building and says he loves the warm temperature in there – meanwhile, I’m about to pass out from heatstroke.

They both really like looking at the caimans, sometimes they move slightly or their eyes follow you, but today we were lucky enough to see them shift around a bit.

Inside the Rainforest building are these giant catfish – the kids find it so funny when fish with whiskers swim by the window. I can see why they think it is funny!

Today I sort of tricked the kids.  I told them to stand by the plastic window for a second and see if the monkey comes.  What they didn’t know is that as soon as the monkey comes in that area, it runs to the window and bangs on it.  I was laughing so much, but at first it scared them but after the shock, they agreed it was quite funny and tried to get them to do it again but Maebh was overly cautious!

We took a walk by the large Owls, one of which was no longer perched up in its box, but rather on the ground in the corner.  Maebh found it hilarious that she was face to face with it.  If you get too close, it hisses – perhaps that is why she was laughing.

Then we saw these tiny monkeys, which I never pay attention to really but today they were very cute and they were picking the fleas off each other and looking at the kids & I.

We walked over and saw the Jaguars feed – but they were getting antsy for their ice cream which I promised them much earlier.

While they were enjoying their treats and the , I saw these little creatures in the trees over by the bird area.

When we left the zoo, we walked to the town center to meet up with Nils.  As we were walking, there was a sound of a horse running & when we came down the hill, we saw this beautiful horse being fed stalks of grass by a couple.  Maebh kept asked what are those white things – I think she meant the horses colors.

We also walked by the Cromer Hall, which I think is an amazing building, but I never get to see it from the street, as I always drive by it too quickly.  While it’s not only a single residence now, you can see how grand it once was. In fact, the land the Zoo is on is or was owned by it.  It’s massive!!

We met up with Nils and had a beer on the Cromer Pier – outrageously expensive – prefer the Red Lion.  But what we did have entertainment – front row seats of three guys riding their bikes on the beach, complete with pop a wheelies and a wipe out!!

Finally as Nils’ back was so painful, we were going to take a taxi home, but as there was none to be found – we hopped on the bus – but not without having some fun on the wall while we waited.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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