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bebee line tutch

Posted by Tim 11 June 2006

so we took landon to the zoo last monday and it was a stinkin' hoot. we got there and all i had money-wise was 50 pound bills (about $8.50)... well to get in was a 1/4 pound per person, landon was free and to take in a camera was a 1/4 pound as well. well they couldn't break a 50 for 75 cents of one pound. so the three of us and my camera cost a whoppin' 13 US cents.

we got into the zoo and there were some pelicans ahead. Landon ran to the fence and started squaking. it was so cute!

After that we found some big lions and tigers and such and a guy came up to us and kept saying, "bebee line tutch" to which I told him that I didn't understand. I hadn't heard those arabic words before... and we're getting pretty good with the language. he just kept saying "bebee line tutch" over and over as if it would eventually make sense. it didn't. he then said the word in arabic and that got it for us... he had been speaking "english" the whole time. haha. he was asking us if we wanted to touch a baby lion. we said sure and followed him. i assumed it was like at many zoos in america where they have the special centers were you can touch different things like sting rays and such. well that is a negative in this case. he lead us to the back area where the pens are and through a door that said, "No vistors beyond this point. Employees only!" this seemed pretty status quo for us and so we went in and there was a guy there who spoke fairly good english and told us that we were privy to something that is "big special." he explained that at the circus to take a picture with a baby lion would cost 100 pounds but here it is only 10! mind you that is 1300% more than the cost of the tickets to get in the zoo! i agreed because 10 pounds is all of $1.75 and holding baby lions is pretty cool.

after taking 4 pictures and him telling us it was 10 pounds per picture i gladly gave him 15 pounds told him what he was doing was wrong and went on my way. got some good shots though... enjoy.

even in the zoo... the priority of prayer is always available. admirable i suppose.

they even have an area set aside for when you've done something wrong with your spouse... just kiddin'... they actually have dogs on display and hyenna's and stuff. dogs aren't kept as pets so much here.

yvonne absolutely loves camels and collects little camel figurines (which inhabit the entirety of our china cabinet) so she really like these double humped dudes...

Landon got really fussy when we had to pry him off of the fence outside of the bear cage. He really loved to watch them. He would roar at the lions and the bears. 'twas cute.

because we be white folk we got some special privledges. for example there were a bunch of people near the elephant but when the whities came by we got to feed the elephant... well landon did. landon fed him beets about 4 times. it was fun. wish i had gotten that photo... just have this one right before the feeding began...

And of course now trip to the zoo would be complete without pics of the giraffes for my mama...

1 Responses to bebee line tutch

  1. Brad Says:
  2. dude.... so are the zoos down there just as clean as the others you have been to?

    i'm glad that you're getting some time for the usual tourist attractions (or lack thereof).

    I'm always thinking of y'all!!


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