It's a Zoo Out There

It was Somerset County Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Because the zoo has grounds in Somerset County for it's elephant reproduction program, it offers the residents of the great county a night at the zoo for free. That's so special.

It was a veritable meet and greet. Better, even, than Wal-Mart. I didn't think that was possible, but there it is. I also didn't know that I knew that many people. I'm not a social butterfly in case you haven't heard. I generally stay at home, except for trips to Wal-Mart to restock the pantry or dog food supply. Because of that, I was shocked to find that I knew at least half the people there. Gotta love small town living.

(Actually, I do. I was just thinking the other day how wonderful it was that locking doors at night is optional, and letting the keys in the ignition for the garage owner to move your van at will is a bonus.)

Micah was all "meh, it's the zoo. Been there, done that" right up until we saw the giraffes. He ran and pointed and was all "ook! eeee!" because giraffes are the coolest things ever. Except elephants.

Elephants!

Commence with the staring and finger pointing and oogling. Begin at one end of the barn and walk to the other, stopping to look at every. single. elephant along the way. Run around the walkway to start at the beginning of the barn again.

Elephants!

Be ready to start Elephants, Round 3 and make your parents come get you and drag you out physically because Look, Elephants!

For the first time in our 14 years of parenting, we were ready to spring for a toy at a gift shop for our child. A stuffed elephant was the toy to have because Hey, Elephants! Turns out the boy decided that while the stuffed toy was great, he'd rather have a snake to wrap around his neck. We didn't buy him the snake.

Did I mention that he petted a snake? No? He did. He then turned to grin at me in a way that clearly said "guess what I want for Christmas."

Ain't happenin, kid.

10 comments:

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

Awww, Mom! What's one more animal when you already have half the zoo?! Besides, I bet the lizard is lonely.

Michelle said...

I'm with Nichole. A snake would fit in perfectly in your menagerie ;) Or an elephant, come that. You do have to love the enthusiasm though, right?

HalfAsstic.com said...

Aaaaah, come ON Karen! A snake would be a GREAT GIFT! BWAHAHAHA! Heh, I have a post coming up about a snake soon. But Elephants!? Those really are cool!

Melvin said...

Elephants looks great...but
Be careful with them always....
Thanks for sharing...
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the planet of janet said...

pigs, dogs, goats, mice in the pantry.

what's a little snake among friends?

MoonNStarMommy said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I love the pic of him watching the Elephants...

Don Mills Diva said...

HA - love the pic and I love the zoo. Graham's at the Toronto Zoo today with his babysitetr and I'm feeling a little jealous I'm not there as well...

Roger said...

Mom! Please, please can I have a snake!! I'd rather get an elephant. :)

The Sports Mama said...

So if you do find yourself caving and purchasing a LIVE zoo-type pet, I'd recommend going with the elephant rather than the snake.

See, snakes have an unfortunate tendency to travel in the pipes, and you're just going to have to trust me when I tell you that NO ONE wants to lift the lid for a late-night-blind-without-the-contacts visit to their favored porcelain throne, only to discover your family's version of Khaa coiled up in there.

Bet he'd never get potty trained then.

So yeah, stick with the elephant.

Krista said...

A few weeks ago I held my nephew's pet snake and they couldn't believe it because I'm terrified of bugs. But snakes aren't bugs, right? They have faces that you can recognize (one snake reminded me of an old boyfriend.) ;-)