At Opel Zoo

Last Saturday, we stopped by at the Opel Zoo close to Koenigstein – I had my camera with me .. was in a bit of a dilemma. I mean, animals are not really meant to be in a zoo. They are supposed to be free…enjoy their space on this planet. How do you picture a prisoner? But some of the animals in the zoo were rescued and wouldn’t have survived by themselves in the wild. So, maybe there’s some good there..

Enjoy these pictures on a positive, lighter note…

The Showman: this African elephant stood right across the electric fence and kept stretching out its trunk or opening its massive jaws to get apples and carrots from the visitors... It reminded me of a showman with it's beauty mud-pack still visible on its forehead! (Mar. 2015)

The Showman: this African elephant stood right across the electric fence and kept stretching out its trunk or opening its massive jaws to get apples and carrots from the visitors… It reminded me of a showman with it’s beauty mud-pack still visible on its forehead! (Mar. 2015)

The Acrobat: from one end to the other and back again, this gibbon wouldn't stop swinging... it was in it's element. (Mar. 2015)

The Acrobat: from one end to the other and back again, this gibbon wouldn’t stop swinging… it was in it’s element. (Mar. 2015)

The Philosopher: it was touching to see this Barbary Macaque sitting there inside the glass enclosure...almost philosophical in the way that hand is placed on the glass... (Mar. 2015)

The Philosopher: it was touching to see this Barbary Macaque sitting there inside the glass enclosure…almost philosophical in the way that hand is placed on the glass… (Mar. 2015)

... and then the little boy walks up to the enclosure with a smile and tries to match the gesture - attempting to connect. (Mar. 2015)

… and then the little boy walks up to the enclosure with a smile and tries to match the gesture – attempting to connect. (Mar. 2015)

The Madman: this blue ostrich was one aggressive fella ... with that pronounced devilish, half-crazed look in its eyes, it kept snapping at the chicken wire fence separating us. To be fair, this is not a place for an ostrich either... (Mar. 2015)

The Madman: this blue ostrich was one aggressive fella … with that pronounced devilish, half-crazed look in its eyes, it kept snapping at the chicken wire fence separating us. To be fair, this is not a place for an ostrich either… (Mar. 2015)

The Mafia Boss: achieve the most with minimum effort - this bugger could get a job done with the smallest nod. It was standing in that spot for five full minutes, while I bent this way and that to peer in to its eyes... When it finally, slowly looked in my direction, I am almost willing to think that there was a knowing smile playing lightly on that face. (Mar. 2015)

The Mafia Boss: achieve the most with minimum effort – this bugger could get a job done with the smallest nod. It was standing in that spot for five full minutes, while I bent this way and that to peer in to its eyes… When it finally, slowly looked in my direction, I am almost willing to think that there was a knowing smile playing lightly on that face. (Mar. 2015)

The Wisecracks: these two Dromedary camels remind me of Mr. Thomson & Mr. Thompson from Tintin comics. (Mar. 2015)

The Wisecracks: these two Dromedary camels remind me of Mr. Thomson & Mr. Thompson from Tintin comics. (Mar. 2015)

In hindsight, this could also be a good link to the Weekly Photo Challenge on the topic “Ephemeral”? Especially the one with the macaque and the boy.

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