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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Camera Critters~ The Petting Zoo

Camera Critters

Last Sunday I began a series of photos taken on a day a few weeks back at a Game Park. It was a beautiful day, and Sugar Bear was thrilled with all the opportunities to "meet" some of her favorite animals.

This week, I'd like to share some of the photos from the portion of the day where we were introduced to a variety of small animals. All the animals featured in this section were available to hold and/or pet. It was a bit crowded, which along with the strange colored Plexiglas roof, proved to make photography difficult. I was very grateful for our friend tagging along, so that she could assist the Sugar in the "meeting", while I jockied around and snapped away.

This first animal had Sugar a little weary.

She is a HUGE fan of the movie Bambi, and I have explained to her why Thumper thinks it is soooooooooo funny when Bambi calls the little skunk a flower. She is well aware of the skunks interesting defense mechanism. I am fairly certain she was just waiting for this little guy to fire off a stink bomb.

I don't know about you....but I think skunks are pretty cute.

Several years ago, before Sugar bear, I had two ferret babies. Hubby and I enjoyed our little ferret's antics, but I grew tired of the smell. After 4 years, we gave them to a friend of a friend, who in my opinion, was a bit ferret loony. Here entire day consisted of taking care of her ferrets that had complete run of her house. It was ferret heaven. This was the first and only time I have ever given up a pet, and it was extremely hard on me, but I know they loved their new home.

I was pretty excited to see this little ferret at the game park, and hoped Sugar would get a good kick out of it as well. Unfortunately......Mr. Ferret had been taking a nap, and was still pretty drowsy, so she didn't really get to enjoy the full Ferret experience. She did think he was pretty cute though.

This last little honey was a real treat to see. What a sweet little baby wallaby she was. The presenter kept her in the fleece pouch the entire time, but we still got a pretty good look at her.

Her fur was fuzzy, and her face so darn adorable.

When holding her, she found a way to tuck way down low in her pouch, for safety, so we mostly enjoyed her back feet, and tail. tee hee....Sugar didn't care. I think she would have been more than pleased to take her baby home.

Stay tuned next week for part three. All I can say is.....MEOW!

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Anonymous said...

And what a great job of snapping away you did! Those photos of Sugar with the wallaby baby are adorable :) Looks like it was quite the fun day!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Corey: What fun captures, skunks aren't that nice in the neighborhood.

kat said...

Kids and animals...could there be anything cuter than that. I am pretty fond of skunks too. When you flip our little black and white cat on its back you can discover the skunk in her because she looks exactly like one then :)

Anonymous said...

That's so cute! A couple of years ago the local mall had some baby tigers to pet! It was part of a traveling exhibit promoting a new wildlife park. Unfortunately I don't have any good pictures of that.

Anonymous said...

Lol... you can definitely see a little apprehension over the skunks... smart girl... their smell does leave an impression you won't soon forget.

Michele said...

I think you did a great job on these... I love the skunk! =) The wallaby is quite a unique little animal and that is something I wouldn't even mind seeing up close!
Can't wait to see next week, let's see meow... um... a cow, or a sheep or maybe even a duck?! Oh boy, I will just have to check back! =)
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Anonymous said...

Another beautiful set of photos! It can be difficult enough to take photos of children or animals. But you have combined both and you will have memories forever!

ratmammy said...

how fun this must have been for the kids! i love petting zoos!

Rhea said...

What an incredible petting zoo! I've never seen a ferret, a skunk and a wallaby in a petting area before. How cool!!! Great photos!

I think the skunk is very cute, but I would have been leery of it too. Did they take out the stinking mechanism? lol

Awesome Camera Critters share!

Dianne said...

thank you for sharing your gorgeous baby meeting all the adorable animals!

I love the expressions on her face :)

i beati said...

She's got that animal peacelfulness already

ShannonW said...

Looks like she loves animals! Great photos...thank you for sharing.

Debbie said...

The skunk is very cute, however not cute enough for me to want to get too close!

Unknown said...

Looks like loads of fun. I love that they let you pet the animals!

Anonymous said...

the shots of the skunk are my favorite. How sweet is that! Nice captures :)

Misty DawnS said...

In my opinion, Sugar Bear is the cutest critter there ;-)

I loved the looks on her face with the skunk and the fettet - priceless!

She is such a beauty.

Gen said...

I love skunks! Maybe you could email me the spot where you went. My kids would love that. (I think we live not so far from you.)

AnnD said...

It looked like so much fun! I wish Emma and I had been there with you and Sugar Bear!

Anonymous said...

It looks like she enjoyed herself. I agree with you. The skunk is pretty cute. How funny that Sugar was waiting for the smell.

Christina said...

I love her wary expression in the first few pics! I'd be a little wary too, but Mr Skunk is super cute!

Meghan said...

I just squealed at the ubercuteness of that wallaby!

Great shots, Corey.

marianne said...

oh, that looks like such fun for a little one! wonderful series of shots! :)

Michelle said...

For not having the best conditions you sure captured some great shots!

Jules said...

Awww those are such sweet shots! I love the apprehensive look on her face!

Can't wait to see more!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Those are so cute. I love sugar and the wallaby. Hope you're ok hon. x

Unknown said...

Skunks are my favorite animal! How lucky are you! Kisses to the skunk. :)

Joeprah said...

The last picture is priceless I love how intuitive her eyes are.

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