Saturday, October 4, 2008
Camera Critters #26
Hi, Critter Lovers.
About a week ago I was driving down Route 9, and on impulse I decided to go into Cape May County Park Zoo. They have a wide range of animals. It puzzles me that they even have some which are seen quite easily in the wild in our area. This applies to both birds and small animals. They also have a rather large section devoted to small farm animals. I guess that's common in most zoos. The small children enjoy them. They have a number of goats. Who doesn't love a goat?
Next I saw the birds. Here are a blue and a white parrot.
I got a kick out of the fact that the squirrels kept running into their cages to eat from their bowls. Some of the crows did the same thing.
As I walked along, I saw two keepers trying to coax down the white peahen from her perch on top of a fence. She finally flew down, fluttering past me, and ran down the walk and into her own pen.
The flamingos did not look happy. I don't blame them. I wouldn't be too happy in the facility they were given.
Next, I saw the bald eagles. They make me very sad. I know that in this case, the pair had been brought there after they were badly injured, and cannot be released because they would not be able to hunt in the wild. But they still look so forlorn as they perch as high up as their enclosure will allow.
Our zoo really is a nice one, and the animals are given as much open space as is possible. I know they are well cared for. It still bothers me to see the tiger pacing behind the fence.
I am well aware that many wild animals simply will not continue to survive as species unless a certain number are protected in zoos. I am thankful for those whose concern and care enable them to survive. Still, I feel sympathy for the individual critters behind bars.
Thanks to Misty Dawn for hosting Camera Critters each week.