Sunday, December 02, 2012

Tortoises and Camels and Bears, Oh My!

While visiting family over the Thanksgiving holiday, we paid a visit to the world-famous zoo.

Buster enjoyed crawling in the model ice flow and popping up next to the sculpture of a seal.

There were a whole lot of fabulous Galapagos tortoises, some of which were moving with surprising zippiness.  I had to look up what you call a group of tortoises and learned a few things at the California Turtle and Tortoise Club:

In common usage in the United States, the word turtle is an inclusive word that refers to all species of water turtle, sea turtle, box turtle, terrapin and tortoise. The word tortoise refers to a particular type of turtle that is well adapted to life on land.


Although people who keep pet turtles tend to use the collective term "herd" to refer to a group of turtles, the classic collective term is a "bale of turtles."

Buster seems to have an affinity for the animal sculptures, so we hung out with the tortoise for a bit too.  Just one, not a bale of them.

I'm more accustomed to seeing one-hump camels in zoos, so it was fun to see a few two-hump fellows walking around.

A good time was had by all!

1 comment:

Bob said...

Seals and kids that pop out of the ice water. Bale me out tortles.