Thursday, 6 August 2009
Ant, Micah, Anna, and I went to the Taronga Zoo today. Micah's favourite were the giraffes. See how the two giraffes (above) both have their back legs crossed? I am not sure why they do this, but we saw that they all did this while standing still. They are so elegant in the way they walk as well.
The giraffe has one more leg joint than we do and this means they can bend over their front legs. This one is doing the splits to reach something on the ground!
These stately sheep were completely motionless.
Micah says it is a differential equations problem to explain the formation of the stripes on the zebra. Even the hair running down their necks fits in with the stripes.
Ant took a break with this huge seal (statue).
There was an Australian habitat, where you could walk right alongside the kangaroos and wallabies. They were very docile.
We also saw lots of animals that were much more difficult to photograph, like the echidnas, my favourite. They are little balls of spikes with a snuffling snout.