As soon as someone tells me that they are off to the zoo, these lyrics just come floating through my mind:
Were going to the zoo, zoo, zoo
How about you, you, you?
You can come too, too, too
We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo
What I hadn’t realised, until I sat down to write this, was that there were so many more words to this song! The zoo has always been a special place, memories of wandering with packed crowds, the weather was always hot, and all I ever wanted was an ice cream. I also remember the ice cream cone that the hot chips would come in. The vinegar would soak through from the chips, and make the edible bucket all soggy.
I think that the zoo never held as much of an appeal to the men in the family. I struggle to convince the husband to go for a day. Even when we travelled to San Diego on our honeymoon, I had to choose between Sea World or their world famous zoo. I could probably count on one hand how many times the family went to the Melbourne Zoo. Although we’ve travelled to the Wildlife Park in Ballarat, and there are numerous photos of my brother trying to make friends with the kangaroos that you would hand feed in Merimbula, I’ve still never made it the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
So when Jack and I were invited to the Melbourne Zoo to celebrate Aunt Abbey’s 25th birthday, I gleefully accepted and counted down the days! Abbey had set us small tasks to take some photos around the zoo.
Leanne and I had to attempt to take a selfie with an animal photo bombing in the background. Here’s our very poor, but numerous attempts throughout the day:
We also had to take a photo of an animal starting with one of our initials. This led to Leanne having her photo taken with the Lemurs. We had to find the historic horses and had to donate our dollar!
We also had to take a photo of a butterfly on us. The butterflies loved the green of the pram canopy, and Sam’s white shirt. Jack was asleep at the time that we made it to the butterfly enclosure. Unfortunately, the butterflies seemed to avoid me like the plague!
I’m looking forward to becoming a zoo member and taking Jack along to many family outings, even with a screaming husband.
We had a great day out and about, so thank you Aunt Abbey for inviting us 🙂