Wednesday, 23 March 2016

March Break

Last week was the annual school March Break, and our wonderful local library hosts a number of events to keep the kids entertained and the parents sane.
The keepers at Jungle Cat World arrived at the library with a selection of their animals to show the kids. First was a white umbrella cockatoo who loved to squawk and flap her wings and raise her crest. She was very affectionate and seemed to like having the children stroke her feathers.

Not all the animals were from other parts of the world. This furry black and white striped creature can be seen all around this area. Yes, I petted a skunk, never done that before! This young skunk had been "deskunked", much to everyone's relief.

However, not everyone wanted to take a chance.
 A fennec fox, at home in the deserts of the Sahara and North Africa. Adapted to the hot dry desert, they rarely drink, getting all the moisture they need from their prey. (BTW, that's a poster behind the keeper.)
African serval cat, predominantly found in Southern Africa. The keeper allowed adults to touch the cat's fur but kept the children away.
 And the last animal to be displayed.... a young lioness. She was eating from the keeper's hand.

The next day, a ventriloquising, juggling, unicycling magician was entertaining the kids. When he asked for assistants from the audience, Isaac waved his hand... Me, Me! He didn't get sawn in half or anything worse.... he merely had to hand the juggling clubs to the magician.

The following day we went to Toronto Zoo. As Zoo members we were entitled to see the twin baby Giant Pandas before the general public, however everyone else had the same idea (I should have known!) and there was a 1.5 hour wait to see them.  So we'll see little Jia Panpan (meaning Canadian Hope) and his sister Jia Yueyue (Canadian Joy) next time. 

23 comments:

Marie Smith said...

What gorgeous creatures. Great program for the kids. Happy Easter.

Elephant's Child said...

What an wonderful program (for the kids and for lucky supervising parents).
I hope you get in to see the baby pandas soon. Photos please.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Seeing those animals from Jungle Cat World was so lovely, for both kids and adults. I would love to see a skunk, but can only imagine what they would smell like for real in the wild! Loved the photo of (I'm guessing Emma) holding her nose ;)

Giga said...

It's a great idea occupy children free time in such a way. They learn about animals and are close to them. They play in juggling and sometimes in the Zoo. I really like it. Regards.

Sheila da Silva said...

What fun! I love foxes and would have enjoyed seeing the fennec fox.
Too bad about the wait to see the pandas, but I don't think I would have waited an hour and a half either!

Tomoko said...

Hello,shamic,
What an exciting event for kids in their March break. Those animals are cute!
It must be fun!!! I like to see animals. These days,I am thinking when I should go to zoo in this spring. Have a good weekend.

Jacob said...

And a great time was had by all. Being a cat love, I would have especially enjoyed the cat events! Haven't seen anyone on stilts for many years!

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Jono said...

Fun day! I had an umbrella cockatoo for over 20 years.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Oh, I enjoyed this post. Love all the critters. But my favorite was the little girl holding her nose. Adorable.

Dogbait said...

You're more than welcome to the hordes of cockies that proliferate around our place. These nuisances can chew through deck railings faster than a chainsaw.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Just great the kids can see in person so beautiful animals!
Love the cockatoo and the fennec fox!
I laugh with the photo of the little girl holding her nose! Lol!
HAPPY EASTER to you and to all the family!

madretz said...

Super cute animals! Especially love the fox.
xoxo-the worst blogger in the world :)

stardust said...

Looks like children don’t have time to be bored with such pleasant events during the March break. African serval cat and a young lioness are so cool.

Yoko

rosemary said...

Pretty amazing.....our local library had a snake exhibit. The kids love it...adults, not so much.

Maggie May said...

I'd have loved to go to that event. I lap up anything to do with animals!
Maggie x

photowannabe said...

Wonderful activities and fun for the kids to get up close and personal.
Have a terrific weekend Shammie.

Wendy said...

What an amazing programme for the children at your library! Our library had the usual crafts and story hour, ho hum....

Love the pics, thanks for sharing. The kids must have had a great time.
Hugs

Suldog said...

Lovely creatures, all. I enjoy seeing such rare (at least in this part of the world and our zoos) cats. And that's about the cutest fox ever.

Hilary said...

That must have been quite the thrill for the kidlets and adults alike. Lovely critters. I hope they're well cared for at that zoo. Looking forward to seeing panda pics!

Tomoko said...

Thank you for your concern about the earthquake hit Japan. Nara I live in is safe.
Japan sits on many active faults, and natural disaster occur unexpectedly. It is scary.Have a good day,Shamic.

stardust said...

Thank you for your concern. Nara is far away from Kyushu where the massive earthquake hit and my families are all safe and sound. I’m in a somber mood to think about those who got damages and have spent sleepless night in fear of such a many strong aftershocks. Wish your place get warmer so that you can enjoy springtime.

Yoko

sonia a. mascaro said...

Hello Shammie!
Just stopping by to say hello and wishing you all a lovely day and weekend too!
Lots of hugs!

Vagabonde said...

That is a great program for children. However, I would have gone to see the animals, even if I did not have a child with me.