To begin, Noah was most eager to visit the flamingos and elephants, I was excited about the polar bears and condors... The flamingos turned out to be beautiful and hilarious but extremely loud, Noah copied them, saying: "Cack cack cack" and then: "Oh God, flamingos!" as if all their cackling seemed a little "much" to him (!) The elephants and condors were sadly hiding and nowhere to be seen... But a male lion was out in full force; pacing back and forth along the fence, right next to his captive audience. It was pretty intense when he made direct eye contact and at one point actually roared at us. Then, suddenly he lifted his hind leg and squirted all over three (annoying?) teenage girls who had been busy giggling and recording him with their smartphones. Splash! Just like that. They were shocked, squealing as they ran off - all soaked in, you know, LION PEE. Noah and I remained for a while, even more intrigued by the offender, who by the way seemed utterly pleased.
Another memorable encounter was with a sociable orangutan who had a long heart to heart with Noah. - Seriously, it was the cutest thing as they just sat there on either side of the glass, chatting and smiling at each other for what seemed like forever, until the ape suddenly stood up and walked over to one of his/her? mates and kissed him on the back of the head. :) Noah took the cue, waived at his new friend and said: "Bye bye monkey, see you soon!"
The polar bear was incredible to watch as he dove into the water, making all sorts of acrobatic moves trying to get his dinner out of a barrel. There was a hippo couple who laid snuggled close together, looking very content and very in love... But best of all - as far as Noah was concerned - were the zebras; He stood watching two of them calmly eat from a through for the longest time, cooing at them with his sweet little voice: "Aiou seeba, aiou much" (I love you zebra, I love you much." :)
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