Life is a lottery for birds. Some spend their entire existence preparing to become a delicious dinner. Others must always remain on the lookout for clouds of #5 shot. But a few are more fortunate. These are the pretty birds – the bird feeder birds – to whom we offer free seed just so we can get a better look at them.
– Amanda the Orangutan
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is a treasure. It is socketed conveniently in between the two cities, free to attend (although poking a donation into the plexiglass box at the entryway feels good), and home to a vast menagerie. I love to watch the lions loll in uffish thought. The emperor tamarins, which have such proud mustaches, look like they could tell you lengthy stories about their glory years in Her Majesty’s Naval Service. Even the sea urchin in the aquarium enchants as it rhythmically scrapes its odd number of teeth against the glass in perpetual search for whatever it is that sea urchins like to eat.