No shame, the inner child in me loves going to the zoo. I found this visit particularly eventful as I was able to catch animals doing lots of exciting things that made me “ooo ahhhhh” just as much as the pig-tailed five-year-old next to me.
An elephant (Maggie’s favorite) playing with his log:
A little monkey staying in due to a bad hair day:
An organutan putting his shirt on due to the cold weather:
Asian otters (my favorite) snuggling:
A panda (Steph’s favorite) grubbing:
Another, lazier panda, chomping:
(Apparently all pandas do is eat).
And, an emu: “What chu lookin at, willis?”
And, most amusing of all, graphic explanations of panda procreation at child-height:
The National Zoo, located in Woodley Park, is free (like all Smithsonian Institutions) and open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.