Sunday, November 09, 2008

There were lots of animals, too!

Oliver and I rode a camel. It was very high and I was a little nervous. The guy said that the top of this camel's hump (where I was sitting) was 7 feet off the ground. The camel was pretty docile though and there were no mishaps.

Here's a close up of the camels face. Rather handsome, isn't he?

Oliver also fed some sheep and petted them, too. He was very brave because I sure wasn't putting my hands anywhere near their icky slimy mouths...yuck!

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Oliver and a fairy!!

We saw a fairy hanging out in the middle of the main walkway. She was very pretty so Oliver went over to say hi. When we got up close he wouldn't talk so she reached into her bag...

and pulled out a stone. He promptly took her gift and thanked her. She sprinkled a little fairy dust on him and then...

she played him a song. It was very very sweet.

The fairy wasn't the only person he interacted with. We stopped to listen to a pirate playing a small accordian. Oliver put a couple of quarters in her treasure chest so she sang him a special song...Twinkle Twinkle Little Staaaaargh! We all got a kick out of that!
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I forgot this guy...

This was a red-tailed hawk. He wasn't very cooperative during the demonstration. He kept flying up into the trees and such. He was really pretty! The guy showed us how he hunts and told us about how great his eyesight it. He also said that when you hear an eagle in a movie it's actually a red-tailed hawk. Pretty weird.
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Renaissance Fair bird show...

This is the great horned owl from the show at the fair. The guy had lots of interesting facts about all the birds he showed. This owl was rescued after a storm knocked him out of the nest and injured him. While he was recovering he got so used to humans that he couldn't go back to the wild. Instead of hooting like a normal owl he makes a noise that baby owls make when they are hungry...he never had a mommy to teach him.
This is Igor. He's a vulture. He is very smart...the guy said he can recognize the yellow paper they wrap turkey legs in and that he'll go after them. When Igor first came out he flew about halfway down the main aisle and peeked under one of the benches. The guy said that TWO YEARS ago he found a turkey leg under that bench and has checked it every show since then. During the show he did end up taking someone's turkey leg because they hadn't put it away (like the man asked at the beginning of the show).

I don't remember the name of this snake but he was very pretty! The guy brought some kids on stage to hold it...they did pretty well but some of them looked pretty scared. He didn't really do much, he was just nice to look at.
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