austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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The monkeys stand for honesty

I guess it's official that we're being taken over. I got an e-mail with the link for the anti-sexual-harassment training video.


For my birthday --- not quite six months ago --- we went to the zoo. It was our longest time out and doing things apart from the drive-in movies, and certainly our most active thing, since the lockdown started. So, get ready for a big photo dump, starting now.

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Walking to the zoo we go over the Grand Trunk Western tracks, and we were there at just the right moment to see a freight train going past. It runs right past the zoo; the animals have got to be used to the racket by now.


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And looking the other way is the Grand Trunk Western Coal Tower, of understandable mild fascination to everyone who walks or drives past it regularly.


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Peering into the zoo from the road above it. The barriers there aren't the limits of the last flood, although there's some similarity. It's part of making a one-way path around the zoo.


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The entrance to the zoo; the mask-requirement sign will date the photo for future reference. Notice it's also got some Halloween decorations put up.


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We had to make (free) reservations to get in, so we had to think about just when we'd come in.


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The zoo celebrated its centennial in 2020, or tried to, in part with historical markers like this explaining the place.


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Comic gravestones set up near the entrance. I think I've seen Cedar Point put up the Barry D Alive one too.


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The zoo appeals to furries to explain responsible physical distancing.


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Arctic fox who's had enough of the late-summer sun.


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Other arctic fox getting ready for the early-winter sun.


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The foxes got up a little bit, briefly, but just to fall down again more.


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So how does a zoo get started? This historical marker explains: they asked if anybody in town had some spare animals they weren't using, and what do you know but people could donate a bear, a deer, and two raccoons. Or so people said when they got the zoo to handle some inconveniently-placed wildlife around them.


Trivia: On being appointed to the Royal Navy Board in 1662, Samuel Pepys hired a tutor to teach him multiplication. Source: The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World, Edward Dolnick.

Currently Reading: Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear, Jim Steinmeyer.

PS: Reading the Comics, March 16, 2021: Where Is A Tetrahedron's Centroid Edition, in which I take one single one-panel comic and go on about it for 1300 words! Why?

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