Following lunch, because it was such a nice day and because most of our usual weekly commitments were cancelled due to Holy Week, we headed out to the zoo. It turns out I was not the only one with this fantastic idea because the zoo was incredibly crowded. One would have thought it was a weekend in the summer based on the crowds. The zoo evidently wasn't exactly prepared for the weather or the crowds either, since the drinking fountains still hadn't been turned on and concession stands were running out of bottled water. After I finally tracked down some water for my thirsty hoards and nursed a couple of babies, we decided to head to the far, far end of the zoo which houses the farm, thinking less people would end up there. It turned out to be a good idea. We saw two 8 month old pigs which were enormous and everyone was very amused that they were younger than G. and L. We also got to see the cows being fed. Now, you have to understand, that Holstein cows are TM's absolutely favorite animal in the world and he was very excited to get to watch them eat. His only disappointment was that he couldn't pet one of them. The keeper mentioned that the cows eat all the time and act as if no one ever feeds them. I almost said that as a lactating mammal myself, I could completely understand the need to eat all the time. If I was producing a gallon of milk a day I would be starving, too. But since the keeper was actually having a conversation with someone else, it seemed as though it would be an odd thing to jump in and say.
Here is the crew watching the cows:
Then it was time for presents. Here are some of the onlookers:
A. made K. a cape and mask (he loves Superman) with 'SK' sewn on the back to stand for 'Super K---'. Since K. also loves dogs, she chose one of her stuffed animals to give as well and made the stuffed dog a mask and cape to match. I think K. liked them: