Stepped off the tube and landed on a busy-ish street at Camden Town to see a selection of vertebrates, invertebrates, avians, et al. (Yup! Just used up almost all the words from my biology textbook) at the London Zoo. Hailed one o’ those cute, classic black London cabs, which may look small but are in fact literally bigger on the inside (Yup! Another DW reference. What d’you expect from a Whovian on her first trip to London?! 😁) and have plenty o’ leg room too.
Anyway, that zoo is just teemin with flora an’ fauna from every country an’ possibly every continent. We started with the caracara, flamingos, vultures an’ other birds of prey, peacocks an’ other birds. It was nestin season for our feathered friends, so there was a lotta screechin an’ flappin around as the busy birds tended to their nests an’ their young ones. Apparently, it was lazing around season for the majestic lion who slumbered under a tree while we curiously peeked at him from a safe distance, through the peepholes of a giant makeshift fortress: A replica of the Gir Sanctuary in Gujarat, complete with a replica of an Indian village with stalls selling authentic Indian food, abandoned auto rickshaws for people to pose next to (or inside of, however ya prefer), a temple dedicated to Hanuman (the monkey God) with a place for the langurs to lunch and also little shrines dedicated to Goddess Durga. Also spotted a stray cow ere for the first time…although, it was just a statue located close to the lionesses’ habitat. They too were slumberin like queens. If you’re wonderin about tigers, they too were havin a snooze fest! The only carnivores who seemed to be awake were the wild dogs who were up and about, sprinting around proudly like athletes of the animal kingdom!
After some hot cocoa, crisps and other snacks, it was time to see the penguins, who as usual were frolicking, swimmin an’ hobblin about in their pool at the aptly named Penguin Beach. Of course, we soon got bored of the black and white life, so how bout a splash o’ colour? We journeyed into the mouth of a giant, inflatable caterpillar an’ set foot in a splendid, colourful garden with a variety of flowers an’ butterflies. Some fleeted about from flower to flower, occasionally nestlin on our outstretched fingers or flyin in an’ out of our hair, while others were too busy tendin to their cocoons/pupa/larvae.
After exitin the fragrant garden, we decided to move along to the herbivores, who thankfully were more active an’ livelier than the carnivores. Penguins weren’t the only ones whom God painted black and white, as we also visited the other monochromatic beauties- the zebras an’ okapi. An’ since it was feedin time, camels weren’t strangers to stares from some disgusted tourists as they continued to chew their food with their mouths open, ruminatin as they did so. Saw giraffes for the first time, complete with stalky legs, long necks and slimy tongues. The gorillas were too shy to make their presence felt, as they hid from us among the greenery.
An’ finally, it was on to the reptiles an’ amphibians. A word o’ caution regardin the snakes: I’d probably sleep with one eye open around these cold blooded creatures as some o’ em are capable o’ camouflaging themselves fantastically by hiding among branches, rocks, crevices an’ water bodies too. The frogs too are capable o’ this an’ we once mistook a group o’ frogs for slimy moss growin on a twig! Ya won’t know what’s in store, until one o’ these cunnin creatures creeps/hops/slithers up to ya in the wild! Thankfully, we were seperated from em by a glass pane! Our journey through the wilderness came to an end at the gift shop as we picked up a cute, cuddly stuffed penguin mummy (or daddy) standing with its baby between its feet…awww! An’ although we missed out on seein the meerkats, we were fortunate to receive a photoshopped image of us all hangin out in meerkat territory to cherish forever (yay!)
Scaly snakes an’ slimy froggies : Look closely, for some o’ em are hidin👇