A trip to the zoo

On Saturday we went to France to go to the zoo. That isn’t quite as insane as it sounds. It was only a 2 and a half hour drive (we live really close to the French border) and the zoo is pretty amazing.

They have anteaters! Which is one of the reasons we decided to go in the first place.


Funny looking things, aren’t they? Unfortunately, by the time we got round to them it was nearly closing time and the animals had already been taken inside, so I couldn’t get a good picture. Stupid reflections on the glass.

One of the highlights of the day (for me) was the Arctic wolves, or rather the Arctic wolf cubs.

Arctic wolf cubs

I could have stayed and watched them all day! When they’re that little you can certainly tell that this is where dogs come from. One of them had even found a fir cone and was playing with it like a ball. So cute!

There was also a mediaeval falconry display, involving horses and lots of birds! All the talking was in French (which I don’t understand) but that didn’t matter. I don’t need to speak French to be fascinated by birds of prey! Unfortunately, my favourite bird (the Peregrine Falcon) was not involved in the display, but we did get to see one in its cage later. Here it is.

Peregrine Falcon

And here are some of the birds that were involved in the display.

I wonder what they were plotting, sitting there all in  row?

The zoo also had bats (no picture of them – too dark!), orangutans, red pandas (cuuute!), a skunk and even some rhinoceroses – or should that be rhinoceri? In just four hours we didn’t even have a chance to see everything! Next time we’ll have to leave earlier and spend the whole day there. So, if you ever find yourself in Lorraine, make sure you go to the zoo in Amnéville – it’s well worth it! If you get in touch with me before you go I might even join you there!

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