Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Budgie Exhibit
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This is what the budgie exhibit looks like from the outside. It's in an older part of the zoo and in a shady area. FYI, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo originated in the late 1800s and some of the first animals on display were bison donated by Buffalo Bill Cody. His home and scout ranch are in North Platte, NE. FYI, I wasn't around then.
You enter through double screen doors and strips of plastic that prevent birds from escaping. Sometimes the wiley fellows wait up under the exit roof until the door opens and then try to make their getaway.
Their colors are beautiful, and when several are flying around you at a time, it's breathtaking. They're quite tame, in fact you can buy feeding sticks outside the cage and feed them by hand if you want. I've seen people who get one or two to sit on their hand.
I'm sure you've heard a parakeet screech. Well, just imagine a hundred of them screeching at the same time. It's quite loud inside here.
Here's Elijah holding still for once. He kept asking if there was a bird over his head. LOL Trust me, you do check often.
I've shown you zoo pictures before. Kristin buys us a pass, so we can visit whenever we like. When you have a membership, you don't feel as though you have to spend the whole day to get your money's worth. Two hours is a nice visit and plenty of exercise.
Today we saw the Air Force Raptor and met a performing AF drill team. They had one of those gizmos that spins you around, but Elijah didn't pass the height requirement. He was bummed. But only for three seconds, because he had money to spend in the aquarium gift shop.