Dispatches from June 24, 2013
9 AM: En route to the Minnesota Zoo! I particularly admire this zoo’s commitment to conservation, and their emphasis on providing information about each habitat and the endangered status of each animal.
Some facts I learned from the zoo:
- Woodpeckers’ tongues are three times as long as their bills, and wrap around the insides of their skulls when not buried in trees.
- Minnesota’s forests developed without any worms!
- Lady Ross Turaco birds appear black until they fly, when the crimson undersides of their wings are exposed. Copper pigment in their feathers produces a unique shade of red not found on any other plant or animal. The Louboutin of birds!
12 PM: More zoo adventures!
Feeding rye crisps (and some salt from my shoulder sweat) to Sueda the giraffe
3 PM: Relaxing post-zoo.
6 PM: Enjoying supper with Arthur’s grandpa and his wife. Arthur’s grandpa has some incredible stories. He’s been a meat cutter, and directed high school band programs, but some of the most extraordinary tales come from his military service. Once, his freighter spent two days in a hurricane, and once he was called in to a top-secret meeting despite having no clearance, because all the officers with clearance couldn’t type the notes!
9 PM: Early to bed to get ready for a very early flight.