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May 17th, 2009


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10:17 pm - Maybe We're the Ones Who Need to Be Locked in the Zoo
If you haven't heard, Chuck and Dollhouse have been renewed, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles is, as expected, pretty much dead on toast.

Today, I went to the San Francisco Zoo! With Lisa (danea) and Rick (ellric) and Seanan (cadhla) and Cat (ceolyn) and a couple of Seanan's co-workers. Do you like animals? ANIMALS ARE PRETTY COOL! Here, have a zoo picspam.

But first, have Lisa looking like a Batman supervillain with her huge camera lens.


I never know whether to describe a picture above or below it. I think today, I will let the pictures be themselves and offer commentary afterward if necessary.


Baby giraffe!!


Doing the tongue thing!


Can you imagine how much that kid is going to have to freaking eat to get THIS big? I didn't even get a good picture of the giant ostrich, which was the largest bird Rick had ever seen.




HOLY CRAP GIRAFFES HAVE FUNNY LEGS.




There were a lot of weird-looking birds. And, yes, Adam Sessler, that is a dik-dik.



Vanity, thy name is peacock! Seriously, this dude was totally entranced by his own reflection.


For the next set of pictures, Cat asks, "Do you like to move it, move it?"




Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeemuuuuuuuuuuurs!


This peahen just sat there striking poses for us.



DUDE CHECK OUT THOSE HORNS. Strong Bad would be jealous. We noticed that they only appeared to live in one very small section of Africa, yet they were considered only "Near Threatened." Not even threatened! Were there very few people living there? Then again, who'd want to fuck with that?



Let's see how long it takes you to figure out why I took this picture.

Also note, when we discussed tapping on the glass, I said, "I'd tap that glass." Seanan could not come up with a response.





That last one looks burnt. Or dead.





Peacocks are pretty, but OMG THEY ARE HELLA LOUD AND ANNOYING. They make this incredibly unsexy honking noise. Over and over. We decided they were the zoo's equivalent of Twitter.


The capybara, the world's largest rodent...except I have been informed that they may be reclassified?? THEY'LL HAVE TO CHANGE THE SIGNS.



You know that peacock is going to start something with that tapir.


ANTEATERS ARE SO FUCKING WEIRD-LOOKING. WHAT THE HELL, EVOLUTION.


It's hard to tell, but that's a warthog.


It's easy to tell, but that's a rhinoceros.


The bald eagle, King of the Slime.


The number one threat to America doesn't look so scary.


I said hi for you, schnappycat.


TURTLESEX. Uh, should I have given a NSFW warning?


LOGAN'S ALPACA.


Two in one day? Yes, two in one day. In one zoo. Though this one isn't really their fault.

Then I met April (aprilbegins) for dinner at Herbivore, where she had some really good-looking soft tacos and I had a very tasty, waiter-recommended soy chicken shawarma. HOW CAN FAKE MEAT TASTE SO GOOD? It tasted better than the fake real meat I had for lunch. After dinner, I bought her gelato, as I do, and then we bummed around at Half-Price Books, which I have discovered does have a good selection of graphic novels! I dropped her off at the airport, and there was much hugging.

In conclusion, today I saw turtles fucking.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Linkin Park - Forgotten

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From:rowanceleste
Date:May 18th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
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I love the zoo! I was in SF but we had out of town extended family, so we did Golden Gate, Sausilito, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Ghiradelli's, etc.

In conclusion, today I saw turtles fucking.


I hope you weren't watching them for an hour! =P
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:May 18th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
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CHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!!!!

I am so happy!!!
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From:anoel
Date:May 18th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
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Awwww. But where are the big cats?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
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We saw them, but they were boring and asleep and far away.
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From:electricmonk
Date:May 18th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
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I just looked up tapirs to see if one might eat the giant, annoying bug flying around my apartment right now (answer: it wouldn't), and oh my god, look what their babies look like:



I want one.
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From:babydolleyez
Date:May 18th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
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I've been there. Never go on free day :shudders:...as if SF parking wasn't hell already...

You got much better pictures than we did. All I got good were some frolicking lemurs.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:May 18th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
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Peacocks are the fucking WORST. We had a bunch of wild ones where I used to work and they terrorized me day in and day out with their alternating clown honks, child-being-murdered screams, and thumping threateningly on the porch and roof. They knew I hated them too, and would all gather around my car to piss me off/admire their reflections in the shiny black car body.

I'll see you fuckers in hell. >:(
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From:ashfae
Date:May 18th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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They can't derodent capybaras! They're such awesome rodents!!!

GIRAFFES!!!!!

I've seen turtles fucking. It took a loooooooong time.

GIRAFFES!!!!!!!!!!!
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:May 18th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I love zoos. I have to say though, peacocks are suuuuuuuuper loud and annoying. I used to work at a zoo and you could hear the peacocks across the whole park. It was ridiculous.
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From:catalyst2
Date:May 18th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Any day you get to see turtles fucking has to be a good day - just why, I'm not so sure though!

I will also agree that peafowl (the word when referring to peacocks and peahens together) are just a pain - years ago a neighbour got a pair "because they looked so pretty" and then spent half of the next week apologizing to everybody for for the noise for about six blocks around. And the comment about the peacock starting something with the tapir? Don't joke because that same neighbour spent the other half of the week apologizing to all the owners of the traumatized cats, dogs, rabbits and slow-moving children (well, the children's parents at any rate) because those birds will try to fuck anything within reach.

I'm glad someone else gets distracted by all the misplaced comma's (that was deliberate, I swear)!
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From:punzerel
Date:May 18th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
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BABY AMINALS!!!!

I love zoos. We saw an albino peacock in the Keukenhof in Holland last year, which was pretty cool (luckily, it remained silent). (A week later, I was very confused when I saw what I thought was a cow standing up, then was very confused about why that cow was on top of another cow, and then I had my OHHHHH moment. Way to rob me of my innocence, trashy British cows.)
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From:the_narration
Date:May 18th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Let's see how long it takes you to figure out why I took this picture.
Apostrophe on the plural.

The capybara, the world's largest rodent...except I have been informed that they may be reclassified?? THEY'LL HAVE TO CHANGE THE SIGNS.
The capybara: the Pluto of rodents.

ANTEATERS ARE SO FUCKING WEIRD-LOOKING. WHAT THE HELL, EVOLUTION.
That's random mutations for you. If it proves to increase survivability it stays, no matter how fucked-up looking it is.

The number one threat to America doesn't look so scary.
Don't be fooled. They're godless killing machines.
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From:schnappycat
Date:May 18th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
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MEERKAT! :D So cute. I wish we had them here. Although I noticed that the gift shop has stuffed versions, so that might have to suffice.

My trip to the zoo looked very similar! Minus the turtlesex. Ew.
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From:cosmicviolet
Date:May 18th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Wheee! When did they announce Chuck was renewed? I thought we'd have to wait until tomorrow!
Zoos are fun.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
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News hit yesterday.
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From:omoo
Date:May 18th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Let's see how long it takes you to figure out why I took this picture.
Not because it reminded you of the AWSOME eel in TSCC?
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From:maidofawesome
Date:May 18th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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If you haven't heard, Chuck and Dollhouse have been renewed, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles is, as expected, pretty much dead on toast.

1) Yay!
2) I had heard already, but yay!
3) Aw. I'm sad for you and other fans.

Turtles fucking, really? (okay, I admit it, I only read the first and last lines of this post. It's late, I'm sleepy) In comparison, today, I saw Stephen Fry.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Like in person? Neat! Was he Twittering?
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From:maidofawesome
Date:May 18th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
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No, he was walking into the National History museum! He is super tall. I only saw him from behind, sadly.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
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I have never seen a rhinoceros penis, and I am okay with that.
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From:cofax7
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Too funny--I was at that zoo on Saturday! Although we mostly played with babies and didn't see nearly as many animals as you did. But we did see the baby grizzlies! And the animal resource center was open, so we got to pet some ferrets and see the prehensile-tailed porcupine, which was awesome.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Oooh! We didn't go in the ARC since we were pretty much done for the day.

Apparently there is a zoo in Oakland too? And one in San Jose? Sheesh! This was my first time at any Bay Area zoo.

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