MN Zoo March 16, 13

It was a nippy March day today so naturally my parents and I decided to venture to the MN Zoo. Although in my opinion, any day without windchill is a beautiful one. It had been a long time since my last visit, so I had very little expectations. We weren’t exactly sure how long we would last outdoors so we hurried through Russia’s Grizzly Coast. While we I didn’t stop to take as many pictures as I normally do, the otters were playful as usual, and the bears were hibernating as usual. The leopard cubs were the main attraction in the exhibit, though. They had grown into their paws more, and had the lankiness that most young animals have. It was also fun to see the male cub with more coordination than the last time we saw him.

The cub debates climbing the tree

The cub debates climbing the tree

He managed to climb into the tree his sister was perched in, and started pestering her.

Based on her look I would assume that brothers are annoying. I can't say from experience though...

Based on her look I would assume that brothers are annoying. I can’t say from experience though…

When she didn’t give up her spot he climbed over her and sat down next to her.

Anyone else think he looks pleased with himself?

Anyone else think he looks pleased with himself?

We passed the male tiger pacing the fence line and race a truck on the other side for a while, but we quickly moved on. That pretty much sums up our experience at most of the outdoor exhibits. We stopped by the Dholes to warm up, but they were all sleeping, so we moved on as soon as we could feel our fingers and toes again. We didn’t stop again until the Caribou.

Since they are ussually resting I was happy to get a good photo.

Since they are usually resting I was happy to get a good photo.

After watching them for a bit we headed to the tigers.

We startled a pair of doves when we walked down the path and we wondered if they had a nest near by.

We startled a pair of doves when we walked down the path and we wondered if they had a nest near by.

We saw the tiger cubs and they too had grown since we last saw them.

The cubs are stockier than the leoperd cibs, but it is clear that they are also growing into their paws.

The cubs are stockier than the leopard cubs, but it is clear that they are also growing into their paws.

After we watched the cubs antics (mostly them watching my dad’s antics) we decided to head inside. We went to the MN trail first and were excited to see the beaver. Normally they’re inside the dam.

The beaver seemed pretty content to nibble on the wood, so we moved on.

The beaver seemed pretty content to nibble on the wood, so we moved on.

Next we saw the otter who was digging in the rocks for something.

One of the few times the otter was up for air.

One of the few times the otter was up for air.

Next we saw the canines.

The coyotes were resting, but watchful. Both wolves were asleep.

The coyotes were resting, but watchful. Both wolves were asleep.

After we waited for a bit to see if the wolves to see if they would wake up we watched the birds for a bit. It’s always been a fun exhibit to watch. We’re always amazed at how many birds fit in such a small space.

One such bird was a female cardinal. She kept on singing ans was very photogenic.

One such bird was a female cardinal. She kept on singing ans was very photogenic.

Our next stop before heading home was the Tropics Trail and it was nice to warm up. However, there were a lot of families, so there wasn’t much room for me to get good photos.

It was fun to watch the lemurs groom each other.

It was fun to watch the lemurs groom each other.

Over all, it was a very good day at the zoo.

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