We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo

I’m not a big zoo fan, as a rule. But babies seem to bring about lots of exceptions to these kind of rules – especially when they’re restless and grizzly and need to be entertained. So we had a day out at the zoo today with three of Scrip’s friends (and three of mine). It’s the first time I’ve been to London Zoo and it was a good experience overall – although I did think some of the animals needed more space to roam.

Scrip’s had a nasty tummy bug and now has temporary (I hope) lactose intolerance again so she’s not been herself. So whereas she’s usually interested and engaged, today it was only a few animals – namely the meerkats, monkeys and peacocks – that made her chatty and smiley. On the other hand I loved them all – from the beautiful, graceful giraffes to the African wild dogs padding along beside the canal.

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We chose half term to go, without realising it, but luckily it wasn’t too crowded. Lunch was a bit hectic, but I think that’s partly because they’re building a new restaurant so we ate in the temporary one. The changing facilities weren’t great in all parts of the zoo, and they could have done with a bit of an inside play area for smaller children – our little crowd got quite restless towards the end of the day. But it was still a great way to entertain urban 1ish year-olds whose animal spotting repertoire doesn’t tend to extend beyond pigeons, dogs and – Scrip’s particular favourite – cats.

All in all, it was a good day out, if a pretty expensive one – £23ish just for me as Scrip went free. Let’s hope they put a bit of that money towards more building work – namely extensions for some of the animals’ enclosures.

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