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Sun, 25 Jan 2015
and again... another visit to the zoo at schoenbrunn (0 comments)
this morning we woke up and it was white outside. snow fall during the night made it a snow covered place. so we decided to see how all the animals at the zoo would like the snow (or not). the first animal we paid a visit was the cute koala bear[001]. he could not care less about snow, as first of all he was sleeping, and second of all, his enclosure is indoor only. but it is nice to see there is a new male koala, after the former one had died just recently. now the koala girl ain't so lonely anymore, although they are in separate enclosures. next were the pandas[002], and they really had fun in the snow. the cub was playing with mama bear in the snow; that was really fun to watch. a little more active than usual were the red pandas[003-004,006-008]. we have now seen quite a few red pandas in other zoos (and the big zoo of internet), and actually all of them are way more active than those two ones in schoenbrunn. too bad, since they are so cute when they run around. the tigers[009-040] were not really that much impressed by the snow, it seemed. yet they enjoyed being outside. also, pretty not cat-like, they lay down in the snow.
the cheetah[041-058] families preferred to stay inside, so we left them there cuddling, and warming up, and headed over to the next big cats.
the leopards[059-079] were also pretty lazy and preferred to stay inside, where it was warm and dry. so we went back to the cheetahs[080-097], which now were outside, and specially the cubs seemed to enjoy the snow. besides they found a tree to climb on and thus get pretty close to the fence. they liked being up there, and climbing down was a bit of a test of courage for the three of them. and eventually, more or less elegant, they all made it down[091] again in safety.
the wolves[098-106] did not really behave different with all the snow around. most of them were lying at the point farthest away from the fence and the people, only a few were walking around.
surprisingly we spotted both lynx[107-121] - very lucky us. one of them was in their shed, and did not look too happy about the wet, cold weather - well, at least this cat is a cat after all. the other one, doing a round in the enclosure also did not really enjoy getting wet paws. aaaaw, soooo cute.
the spectacled bears[122-133] had a fight going on. about what, we could not say. most likely they were playing or teasing. yet it was quite impressive to see the bears at full height standing on their hind legs.
the monkeys[135-140,143-146] did not look too happy at all about the snow. all of them were huddled up, not moving and trying to get out of the cold wind and stay dry, as it had started to drizzle. pretty unimpressed about any weather phenomena were the pelicans[147-148], and a crow[149-151], sitting on a pole in the middle of the monkey enclosure. both of them did not mind the snow at all it seemed. well, the crow is more than used to that i guess. on our way out we stopped by the cheetahs[152-164] once more, where they all sat outside and watched their territory. so, summary: most animals do not like snow too much, some do not care, and only a very few ones are having fun. pretty much like with people, i guess.

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