Alustame sealt, kust eelmine kord pooleli jäi.
Mäletan kui algklassides käisime klassiga loomaaias ning meie giidiks oli samuti Turovski. Väga palju ei mäleta sellest käigust, kuid see on meeles, kuidas ta šimpansiga viipekeelt rääkis. Šimpans muidugi ei tahtnud eriti vastata, kui ligi 30 silmapaari teda vahtisid, lihtsalt moe pärast rehmas korra käega.
Eile kohtasime aga kolme vahvat šimpansit, kes laisalt pikutasid. Neil on ilmselt rohkem hobisid kui mul, kuna vabal ajal tegelevad nad maalimisega ning neil kõigil on lemmik telekanalid – jah, neil on suurem teler kui meil on kunagi olnud.
Pilte oli tsipa keeruline teha, kuna enamus ajast puhkasid nad oma platvormil, mille juurest oli klaas ära mäkerdatud.
Let’s start where we finished yesterday.
Once in elementary school we went to the zoo and Turovski was our guide. I don’t remember much from it but I do remember how he started to speak sign language with the chimpanzee. Of course, who wants to answer while 30 pairs of curious eyes are staring at you. He answered something in the end but he wasn’t very thrilled though.
Yesterday we met three charming buddies. It seems like they have more hobbies than I do – in their spare time they draw pictures, mostly with crayons. One is very artistic, she only uses colors that go together well. She refuses to give away her painting before she thinks it’s ready. Turovski told than when she’s drawing and you offer her a raisin for her work, she merely takes notice of you. If you coax her with more tempting offers, such as a whole bundle of bananas, she tears her painting into pieces because of the pressure to give away her unfinished masterpiece – she just can not.
Another artist-ape is more into business – she could draw a quick scribble and come to you to trade her work for a raisin.
They also have a bigger TV than I have ever had. Every chimpanzee has it’s own favorite TV channel.
Troopika majast lahkudes külastasime tiigrit. Esialgu ta pikutas märjas liivas ning hiljem muutus pisut närviliseks, kui väikeste laste kilgete saatel lähenesid inimestegrupid.
After the tropical house we went to see the tiger. First he sprawled in the wet sand but he became bit nervous when groups with shrieking little children approached.
We got to the elephant yard exactly on time. Seems like the big fella had a little accident with its trunk.
Fun fact: Elephants walk on their toes!
Kui kaslaste sugukonda kuuluva karakali juurde jõudsime, saime osa millestki põnevast… ja õudsest. Talle oli lõunasöögiks toodud elus merisiga. Üldiselt käitus ta sarnaselt hiire püüdnud kodukassiga – toksas käpaga ja ninaga, et too jälle eest jookseks ja kui see ei aidanud, andis lihtsalt obaduse. Selleks ajaks oli ilmselt merisea selgroog vigastatud, kuna ta liigutas vaid keha ülemist poolt.
Mõne aja pärast ilmus ka teine karakal ning siis oli mänglev käitumine justkui pühitud. Ta valvas ja peitis oma saaki ning teine üritas läheneda ja ka oma osa saada.
When we reached the caracal from felinae subfamily, it was it’s lunch time. He was given a alive guinea-pig and acted quite similar to domestic cat – played with his prey, pushed it with its paw and nose so it would show some activity and if that didn’t help then gave a good kick. It took some time for the caracal to understand that the game was over – he injured guinea-pig’s spine and his prey was only able to move it’s forelegs.
After a while another caracal appeared and games ended momentarily, at least as long as the newcomer was dangerously close. He hided and guarded his catch while the other one trapsed around and wished to have his morsel as well.
Meil õnnestus ära näha terve jääkarude perekond – isa Nord, ema Friida ja nende poeg Nora. Emast ja pojast (kes pole enam nii väike midagi) oli raske pilti saada, sest nad aina tegelesid millegiga.
Isane aga lösutas niisama ja nautis ilma.
We were lucky that day and saw the whole polar bear family – papa Nord, mama Friida and their cup Nora. Mother and cup were constantly doing something and it was hard to get a proper picture. Nord, however, was just resting and enjoying the weather.
Sellestki korrast on mitmeid loomi, kellest rääkida ning 2.mai külastame loomaaeda taas. Kuigi tundub, et kolmaski kord on vajalik. Üritan enne järgmist külastust ühele poole saada juba nähtud loomadega. Järgmise korrani!
There are still several animals I would like to talk about but already on 2nd May we’re heading back to the zoo. Although it feels like third time is necessary as well.. and fourth..etc.
I’ll try to talk a bit about most of the animals we saw last time (and had a chance to take a picture) before the next visit.