After a relaxing morning, we headed out the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It was a gorgeous day to be outdoors – sunny for a while then some light clouds came in, temps in the low 70s, light breeze.
I think this is the first time I have ever seen either of the Koalas awake. It didn’t last long. He climbed down to a new perch, gave us the once over, and then lay his head down and went back to sleep.
We spent some time communing with “Adia’s gorilla,” Annaka. I swear he remembers her. They seem to have had a special relationship since she was 4 years old. This was then…
Today, he was hanging out behind a big tree trunk when we arrived. Adia went over and stood by the window and after about a minute he came over and sat in front of the tree, looking in our direction. Then he lay down and rolled over onto his back, watching the girls and other children at the window with his deep eyes. Adia was sitting on the ledge at the window, just looking at him. (I would love to know what they talk about in their telepathic conversations.) I watched him closely. He looked around, looked away, then he would look at her, holding that gaze for a bit longer then look around again. After most of the kids had left, we still sat there and he looked at Adia again and pursed his lips in her direction. A few minutes later, he flung out his long arm, nearly brushing the glass where she sat. Some people came by and took some photos with the flash on, and he hid his face beneath his arm for a while before peeking out again. After we’d been sitting there for 5-10 minutes, he got up and went to the back of the enclosure. Adia waved goodbye and we were off. (this photo is from my phone, the glare was pretty tough for shooting through the glass today, Adia was sitting just in front of me out of the frame)
After we ate lunch, the girls were ready for some carnival rides. They started on the carousel, then we went out to Jungle Jack’s Landing. Mom and I found the perfect bench right in the center of the rides where we could watch all the fun.
Me and my mommy…
The girls spent the rest of our time at the zoo running from ride to ride. They love flying.
I can’t remember the last time I caught them holding hands.
While the girls were riding, we saw some Mennonite women walking around. I loved their colorful dresses with flip-flops. The littlest one wore tan Chucks.
Then it was time to go. Malaika wasn’t very happy about that prospect. Adia understood and scooped her into a big sister hug.
After a moment, they were off and running again as we made our way to the car for the ride home.