After only five minutes of vacation (Ha!), I loaded up on an early morning flight so I could get home and make up my weekend plans with the Other Half. Which were totally awesome.
Number 1: Pick up my mother.
Number 2: Get some lunch.
Number 3: Get some boba tea.
Number 4: Go to the zoo!
Mixed in there somewhere were some catching up and a crazy dog. But for once, my entire checklist got done. As an added bonus, the zoo was having free entry on the day I got back.
Because I have a love-hate relationship with the Oklahoma City Zoo, I’ll just skip all the soap-boxing and get straight to what I really like: the native birds aviary.
There’s just something about mergansers and buffleheads that makes me all camera-happy. They are just the cutest little diving waterbirds.
Take buffleheads. If they made a documentary called March of the Buffleheads, you know that people would totally abandon penguins to get in on the deal. Heck, even the females are fluff-balls.
At risk of breaking down into some kind of fuzzy-baby-animal post, however, they are a bit goofy-looking when you look too closely at them. The males have such large heads and angled beaks.
Anyway, what the Oklahoma City Zoo does really well is provide a walk-through experience that gets you up close and personal with animals that you may not even notice are around you all the time.
And while you don’t get to see the pictures of my mother air-hugging a vulture, the Other Half playing on the kiddy rides, or me getting jumped on by a bear, you can still appreciate that there is a little bit of the wild around us no matter where we go.