|Leo playing with the "big gato"|
We had a magical trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo with my mom and sisters. In the past my experiences with zoos have been hit or miss - either the animals aren't out/active, or the habitats seem inadequate and just make me sad, or it's too hot... But this time it was as though the stars aligned. The weather was perfect, the improvements they've made over the last couple years are fantastic, and at each exhibit the animals walked right up to us - really.
Leo got pretty up close and personal with tigers, leopards, gorillas, sharks, giraffes and elephants. I don't want to get too hokey - but seriously, it's as though Leo had some kind of energy that attracted the animals. If they were hidden or in a far corner when we'd walk up to an exhibit they would inevitably make their way over to the glass/gate/water so that Leo could get a good look at them. It was awesome - even when the tiger suddenly tried to playfully pounce on Leo through the glass (see those muddy paw marks!).
Leo loved it. He was enthralled and would shout "more! more!" as we left each exhibit and would try to run back to the last exhibit if we put him on the ground - until the next animal captured his attention again. Of course, I don't think he grasped just how cool it really is to see a giraffe or elephant in person because he was just as excited about the ducks and chipmunks as the exotic species. I'd be trying to get him to watch the giraffe eating leaves from the tree as he was excitedly yelling, "duck! duck!"
|What a cute hat, right?|
|I love the look on his face reflected in the glass!|
|Picking the tortuga's nose|
|There's that adorable hat again!|
|We were lucky enough to catch feeding time in the elephant house|
|It was swell knowing you|
To round out the day Leo enjoyed some pad-see-ew at Thai Cuisine and then fell asleep as his head hit the pillow when we got home. Awesome day.