Sunday Selections # 174

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well, welcome back Kath! 
Andrew has been holidaying in Europe, I'm not sure if he is back yet, he may or may not participate, I'm sure he needs some rest before processing his dozens and dozens of photos.
There are a couple of other now-and-again participants though:
Jackie K at WorkingThrough It

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of my most recent trip to the zoo.

the emu, the second animal on our Australian coat of arms. The other is the kangaroo.

a happy hippo. is that a trace of a smile I see?

did he just wink at me?

maybe not

bye-bye now

the lion, all alone in his enclosure, but right next door to his ladies.

getting up now and again to pace

look at that face.

pacing faster now, only an hour to feeding time.

still calm, he knows the food is coming.

one of the two lionesses,

and the other lovely lady.

they were also pacing, more often than the male and letting out that deep huff huff sound as well.
Still almost an hour to feeding time and the crowd was lining the fences three deep in some spaces.

a calm moment before resuming the pacing.

keeping an eye on the crowd. Maybe one of them will toss me a sausage?

huff huff, the keeper is on his way and both lionesses are staying close to the feeding gate.
Just to the right there is the corner of the enclosure, just off screen is the steel door where the keeper will drop the slabs of raw meat to them.

clawing at the door now

lunch at last!

this one dragged her meat to the other side of the enclosure.

tough teeth crunching their way through meat and rib bones.

Next week.....giraffes.


  1. The zoo is my favorite place to go in the whole world. Maybe that's why I had three kids a husband, two dogs and a cat. Makes me think I am constantly there. FOR FREE.

  2. The zoo is my favorite place to go in the whole world. Maybe that's why I had three kids a husband, two dogs and a cat. Makes me think I am constantly there. FOR FREE.

  3. Gorgeous post. I love meyous (the name a friend's daughter gave to emus), admire the hippo (happy not to be a size zero) and always love the big cats.
    At a nearby zoo one of the tigers doesn't like people crowding his cage - and backs up and sprays them. Eeeeuw. I bet it is pungent and lingering.

  4. Fabulous photos, River. Magnificent animals. Animals are such wonderful creatures and we should do our utmost to protect them.

    The hippos are so fascinating.

    Have a great week...and give Angel a cuddle for me. :)

  5. Glad the meat eaters are on the other side of the fence! Amazing animals!

    At our zoo at the 2 pm bird show, the keeper described the emu as a bird who makes a new friend (same as the old friend) every few seconds, since their brains work that way.

  6. Loved your narrative as much as the brilliant shots! ;)

  7. Beautiful cats. The dog starts her huff-huff an hour before supper. Bet if she saw one of those big cats huffing she'd knock it off.

  8. Life happens; I sometimes felt that I was in my own private zoo too, with four kids. We only ever had one pet at a time, but they would have friends over and hubby would have mates over to watch football occasionally.

    Elephant's Child, my own daughter said meyou's too, when she was about two. There is a warning sign by the lion's enclosure too about how far he can spray. 4 metres. So I planned to step backwards very quickly if he came close to the fence.

    Lee; thank you; I'm learning how to get shots without the fence grid intruding, it isn't easy when the subject is constantly moving.
    I agree we should protect animals, but it isn't always easy in some countries.

    Susan Kane; they're on the other side of two fences with a one metre gap between each one. I didn't know that about emus; so they're like goldfish.

    Rose~from OZ; thank you, I try to put a little personality into it.

    Joanne; perhaps you could run a short huff huff video every time she does it? I wonder what her reaction would be? I've never known a dog that huffs.

  9. Great shots. Aren't lions beautiful. Mesmerizing to watch them pace. Looking forward to giraffes next week!

  10. Jackie K; these three were pacing fairly quickly, they were hungry! I learned they don't get fed every day. The zoo tries to mimic wild conditions as much as possible, so the lions get a starvation day between feeds.

  11. Poor things. I feel so sorry for them.

  12. That hippo is smiling or I will eat my hat.

  13. Thanks for sharing some delightful pictures. I love to see these animals but, like Delores, you can't help but feel sorry for them. I guess if zoos didn't have many of these animals though there would be a greater risk of their extinction to happy to see them caged for that reason. Those lions look to be in very good condition and they have such beautiful faces.


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