Today we took a little trip to the San Diego Zoo and it was amazing! There were so many adorable faces there, and I was about to sketch a koala, but the red panda ultimately won out. Since the zoo is so massive, this is also roughly how I feel right about now. I’m exhausted, but had a blast. I also loved seeing the giant pandas, that decided to make an appearance and not hide entirely, but it was only for short moments at a time. One panda would walk down to look at the crowd only to promptly turn and face the other way, before anyone could get a shot, to rub his butt on the ground. So, I only had photo references of that little ritual, which didn’t quite qualify as a face for today, and wasn’t a terrible photogenic angle. One has to wonder if he was doing it on purpose to spite us, but I’m sure it was just a coincidence. That said, on the brief moment I glimpsed his face, I could make out just a faint little smile.
I adore animals so this day was one of the best of this short trip! I got to see a dik-dik in person which I’d only sketched from photos previously, and was not disappointed as it was just as adorable in person. I wanted to catch a glimpse of the far less adorable aye-aye, but it’s nocturnal and wasn’t about to come out and say hello just to assuage my curiosity. We weren’t staying that long, so moved on to other curiosities. I rounded the corner to see a zebra next to a donkey and for just a moment I wondered if I’d get a chance to see a zonkey, but unfortunately they didn’t have one. The little kid in me wanted to buy everything he saw in the gift shop, but the adult won out and I only ended up with a straw hat and sunscreen.
Tonight, we’re heading to have dinner with an ocean view, so that should be lovely end to the trip. Since I have to leave in just minutes, I’ll keep this short, but wanted to pop in and say hello. I hope each of you are having a fabulous weekend. There are so many wonderful creatures in the world, I’m honored to share the planet with them. It’s sad, to be sure, that little guys like this one are now endangered. I hope we’ll all learn to share the planet a bit better in the future. It would be a sad day indeed to thank that, one day, I wouldn’t be able to look again at my favorite face.
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