Monday, March 10, 2008
Fluff 'n' stuff
I was determined not to do any work or study this past weekend, so I was a bit miffed when I woke up on Saturday to wind and torrential rain. However, Sunday dawned much brighter, with the sun pouring through the clouds eager, it seemed to dry them out of the sky where they floated. There were no complaints from me, as having been holed up in my study or office almost exclusively for the past few weeks I was eager for some fresh air, sun and to stretch my legs.
I decided I would like to visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park which is a great place for getting out in the fresh air and stretching your legs as it is set in 160 acres of parkland set around a Victorian mansion. The larger animals all have huge paddocks to roam in while the smaller ones are housed in conditions mimicking their natural habitat. The park is a member of EAZA (the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) which shares and exchanges animals to further breeding programmes of conservation importance.
Of course I took my camera along with me and happily snapped away. Animals in zoos make great subjects as you can get fairly close to ones you wouldn't normally see. I have posted a few of some of the small furry critters that I came across: the Prairie Dog, Meerkat, Mongoose and the Otter. It was great watching these creatures for a time as they all live in family groups and interact with each other, playing, washing, chasing, scalding, feeding and going about whatever business is important to small furry animals. They are so used to visitors that they largely ignore them, with the exception of the otters who were curious about everything going on around them.
The Otters were one of my favourites of the day. There was something so endearing about them. It is hard to think that they became endangered at one point in many parts of the UK as they were treated as pests! Happily that is not the case now and these gorgeous creatures are protected.
I took many more pictures that day and will share some more soon. Hope you like these :)