So I booked my breakfast for Saturday the 19th of January...giving myself a day to adjust to the new time zone. With having the booked breakfast I had transport. I say this as normally I never would have booked a package to the zoo and either would have used public transit or gone by taxi even though it is quite a distance out of the central area. (I did this last time and I took public transit back - I stayed longer than the alloted two and a half hours despite the rain...FOOL!!!)
Saturday dawned with rain thundering down...not good. I was picked up bang on time and transported to the Singapore Flyer which is a huge Ferris wheel type contraption - similar to London's. And then off we went - I was waved over to the Jurong Bird Park bus and luckily discovered that before we took off...in retrospect maybe that would have been a good mistake to have made...
Anyway we arrived at the zoo about half an hour later and were escorted to a covered pavilion which was already pretty full of other orangutan obsessed people. The stars of the show hadn't shown up yet so I started helping myself to the buffet. The breakfast buffet was pretty impressive really but none of us were really there for breakfast. All of a sudden there they came...hand in hand with their trainers...right past our table. It was like seeing a rock star!! (and I know that feeling well folks) They were instantly mobbed and I couldn't even get near - people were lined up to get their photos taken in front of the beasts and there were others in front. I tried to get a picture but was told to move away....some people ignored that but what can I say. I am a Canadian and I am polite so I did as I was told.
In the meantime one of the zoo staff appeared with a small snake - what type I do not remember. What I do remember is wandering over and saying "okay Laurie you can do this" and I did it. I TOUCHED A SNAKE!!!! I must confess it was with the end of my index finger and very very quickly but it was warm. I did not feel freaked out at all but I did not want to hold the damn thing either. You have to understand I am absolutely terrified of snakes...I mean "absolutely terrified if I accidentally touch a picture of a snake in a magazine I almost fall to the ground and have a fit terrified." I was quite pleased with myself. Will I do it again. No!!!
I then got in line to "meet" the orangutans. Which is more like stand in front and not have time to even look at them - smile quickly for the camera. So here is my orangutan photo taken on my camera - of course I was a sucker and spent $25 Singapore dollars on the "official" one as well complete with key ring.
I must admit I got "orangutan fever" and had to snap more photos shoving people out of my way. (no, not really...) It was then I noticed they had two babies. Now they all had names but who knows what they were...closest I have ever been or ever will be to orangutans.
From there I headed off into the pouring rain with my zoo poncho on....and visited these critters....my Nikon lovingly cradled under the poncho...the (one month old) Sony point and shoot in a plastic bag when it wasn't being used. I did take a lot of video and sadly the poor thing bit the dust...although the videos did turn out. Anyway we won't go there - over and done with and discussed no more. The next point and shoot camera will be waterproof!!!
|Wet wet wet!!!|