Tuesday, January 31, 2012

National Zoo

We spent the day at the National Zoo yesterday. Some of the highlights were watching Bonnie the Orangutan play with her cabbage, seeing how the lion cubs have grown, and watching the pandas lounge and chomp. 

As usual, we learned a bunch of new things about the creatures who share our planet. Some of the most exciting new revelations were this diagram in the Reptile House that shows how similar human and reptile anatomy is, which helped Noor further her belief that she really is part dragon(cat). I didn't get a good photo, but there is a great close up one one here (scroll down to photo #83). 

We also learned that a cheetah's stride can reach 23 feet, and can sustain speeds of 60mph for a short time.  Noor weighed herself and then learned that at 53lbs, she'd make a good meal for a cheetah, who would probably leave a bit over for a hyena to finish off.

One of the most exciting things Noor said she learned was that the blue Poison Arrow Frogs loose the ability to produce toxic excretions when they live in captivity and aren't fed their native diet of a particular ant.  

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