Birthday + a trip to the zoo

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Friends, it was my birthday this weekend! Saturday I turned 23 in the company of Max and giant waxy monkey frogs – we went to the zoo! Not much has changed since I was a kid, apparently, since my 22nd birthday was spent at the Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor. I really geek out when I get to learn about animals.

Fun facts!:

  • Chimpanzees love Activia yogurt and are therefore just like me.
  • The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to close its elephant exhibit on ethical grounds (AWESOME YOU GO DETROIT ZOO).
  • Butterflies don’t lay eggs all willy-nilly, but on specific plants. You will never find those plants in butterfly houses as it’s outlawed by the US government.
  • If you look a Japanese macaque (the monkeys seen below) in the face, it’s almost like looking in a mirror, but not quite, since it is a monkey.
  • The only newt-related human death was when a fraternity brother swallowed one on a dare, or something like that. I am upset for that newt. Also, Newt Gingrich is the second hit in a Google search for “newt.”
  • Sometimes alligators hold their mouths open for awhile and no one knows why.
  • The Detroit Zoo has America’s only king brown snake (one of the world’s top 10 most poisonous snakes) on exhibit. It was taken from someone’s home because people are stupid.
  • Arctic foxes are SO CUTE.
  • Franklin D Roosevelt came to the Detroit in 1932 to campaign for presidency – he had an audience of 20,000. Twice as many people came to see Joe Mendi, the famous performing chimp.
  • Seals can get cataracts, look kind of frightening, and give me conflicting feelings.

I hope you learned something from those facts. I consider myself an artist, but perhaps science was always my one true path.

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I was all that stood in the way of this peacock strutting into the food court through some automatic doors. Just call me Ace Ventura.

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Happy Monday, friends! I have a tutorial for you later this week that I’m really excited about. Stay tuned.  – L

  1. Kory says:

    This is so cool, Laura! I’m hoping to go to the zoo for the first time soon! Hope you had an amazing birthday. 🙂

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