Vacation Day 2 – National Zoo

April 21, 2011

The zoo is always wonderful (except for the suffering of the pent-up animals, but we can save that moral dilemma for when my kids are grown), but certain things can make it extra-wonderful: (1) The zoo is FREE (except for, you know, the taxes we already paid to keep it open, but again, that’s a worry for another time); (2) A friend of a friend is a marine biologist who works in the Invertebrate House (refrain from making Congress-related jokes here) and he gives you a cut-the-line, behind-the-scenes, feed-the-octopus tour. So yeah, that was day two of our DC vacation and it was spectacular:

Reuben feeds the anemones, National Zoo

Max feeds the anemones, National Zoo

We fed the anemones.

Behind the scenes at the National Zoo, feeding Octavius the octopus

Octavius the octopus, National Zoo

Behind the scenes at the National Zoo, feeding Octavius the octopus

Octavius the octopus, National Zoo

We fed the octopus.

Behind the scenes at the National Zoo: cuttlefish toys

Behind the scenes at the National Zoo, in the invertebrate house

Backstage at the National Zoo, an impressive specimen

We saw some back-of-the-house sights in the Invertebrates House.

And then we pretty much got our zoo on:

Watching gorillas, National Zoo

Lions, National Zoo

Cotton candy, National Zoo

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