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Sharing a lunch hour with a Sumatran friend

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm | No Comments »
March 11, 2013 2:54 pm
Hey, meatball!
Hey, meatball! (lunch time photo by Larry LaRue)

After waiting all morning for telephone calls to be returned, decided to take advantage of a dry day – rare enough this week – to spend my lunch hour at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Headed right for the tiger cubs to make sure the little guys looked happy and healthy, and they did. After a brief chase, however, the two collapsed upon one another and napped.

Over at the major tiger enclosure, it was feeding time. Missed the name of the fellow, although he was Sumatran, male and weighed in at about 275. As one of the zoo employees answered questions, she also threw meatballs to the tiger.

As table manners go, his were worse than mine.

Got in a nice solid walk, including 23 steps going up to the parking lot.  Stayed dry, chatted with a few other visitors and took pictures.

Next time you’ve got an hour to kill, there’s worse ways to spend it than hitting the zoo. Young tiger cubs, baby meerkats, red wolves, oh my.

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