Thursday, September 2, 2010

Odds and Ends

No, there won’t be any photos of animal tails or behinds to illustrate this entry; I’ve used that joke once already, and I think that’s probably more than enough, at least for this year. But there were a few photos and brief anecdotes that I wanted to include at some point, and a Thursday just seems like a good day to do that.

First, the tortoises were at it again Tuesday morning (though not, thank god, making any noise):

[this image has been blurred to protect the identities of those involved]

—Although, on Wednesday, they acted all innocent, nesting in the straw:

(Their behavior gave me the idea for a new phrase, “finding a tortoise in a haystack,” which would probably be a lot simpler than the proverbial needle: maybe that could be used to describe tasks of only moderate difficulty? E.g., “Finding this mystery novel in the paperback section is like finding a tortoise in a haystack.” As opposed to tasks with no difficulty at all, like, “Coming across a TV show whose gender/race/class stereotypes annoy me is like finding an orca in a haystack.”)

And, of course, yesterday after I had posted my entry I got better pictures of the cheetah (or another one—how would I know?), but I’ll include only one that is less technically perfect but more amusing—to me, at least:

Finally, I stopped by the pandas the other day only to discover that this panda had apparently dropped its wallet:

You never know what you’ll see at the zoo.

{A note: I do write all text and take all pictures. Please do not reproduce either without my permission.}


Anca said...

Let me know if the panda finds its wallet. It looks so very concerned! The leaf is gorgeous, and the cheetah with its pink tongue out looks. . . well, cute.

Noel said...

I always wondered how turtles had sex! Now I know. :) Your captions are delightful!

Anonymous said...

Clara has the same look as the cheetah on occasion, though she looks markedly more ridiculous when she does it (especially if she also happens to be paused in the middle of licking herself and has her leg in the air)...

I loooove that panda photo...


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