May 16th, 2004

krazy koati

New animal friends to see

Another month, another trip to the zoo. This time got some more animals so I'll start with things other than otters and raccoons. Actually, I'll start with a gecko I found in my bathroom hanging on the mirror, apparently to show off. My camera wasn't quite able to figure out focus and lighting, but I was able to take enough pictures during some higgeldy-piggeldy at the Spindizzy baseball game to get a couple good looks at it.

For the first time I took the tram ride, which brought me quickly to the Zoboomafoo enclosure -- a walk-in ``living rainforest'' exhibit in which people can let the selected animals get frighteningly close to them. In this enclosure are a lot of butterflies, bats, several models of lemur -- though only one was active this day -- and a couple tree kangaroos.

While I've got a good zoom lens, this lemur was guarding the entrance closely and I didn't need to zoom in. While getting ready for this picture, in fact he leapt at the herd of photographers I was in. He didn't charge any further, though if he wanted he probably could have gotten my camera, my bag, and an Australian woman's wallet.

Much safer to stick to watching the tree kangaroos, who just want to eat, or else to the butterflies, shown here playing Twister. The platform of fruits left for butterflies was consumed by lemurs by the time I reached it, so I couldn't get pictures of butterflies eating solid food, which is a shame, as it was a revelation to me the first time I ever saw butterflies eating. I'd kind of assumed they just, you know, fluttered around before that, sipping sugar water and stuff.

Many people are aware of the green polar bears -- my father's e-mailed me to tell me of them three times since February -- but only one's still really green. It's an algae thing. The other is unmistakably green, but also paces all the time I've ever been there, making it hard to get a non-blurry photograph at the range and lighting the enclosure offers. It's still a neat look and makes me wonder if the city of Chicago wouldn't pay for an algae sample for Saint Patrick's Day celebrations. I think this one would be almost a perfect demonstrative shot, if only the lens weren't damp from a sprinkle of rain.

In other news I found the Marx Brothers DVD set, at the Blue Max store in Plaza Singapura, just off the Dhoby Ghaut MRT; this was one of the three stores I figured would have it for sure. I didn't buy it, though; I'm heading back to the U.S. in a few weeks and wouldn't have time to watch all the movies before leaving, and I don't want to leave the discs unwatched too long. Plus I bought maybe too many books at Borders yesterday and don't want to put more money into the entertainment budget right now . But I know where to find them when I want them.

Trivia: The Terror of Tiny Town was repeatedly rejected as a movie for Mystery Science Theater 3000. Source: The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, Trace Beaulieu, Paul Chaplin, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, and Mary Jo Pehl.

Currently Reading: The Story of English, Robert McCrum, Robert MacNeil, and William Cran.