We started off with a boat trip up to the zoo, which actually takes over an hour, which is strange, because it’s not all that far. The boat spends a lot of time in locks.
So, the boat docked and we walked across Cisařsky Ostrov and then had to take a ferry to the zoo side of the river, which served as a reminder of the bridge collapse a while back. That was a cool bridge.
We went to Troja Palace first, then proceeded to the zoo. My older brother and his girlfriend that they had a senior price, which is one crown.
Now, I have mixed feelings about zoos. I figure some of the animals have it figured out that they are not living in exactly a natural setting. Certainly the polar bear. The giraffes, I imagine, who can see over the fence to a street outside, large birds like owls or vultures who live in cages, and some of the others, like the gorillas and the big cats who, despite having a little bit of a natural habitat to play in, no doubt find it too small.
On the other hand, I always enjoy a trip to the zoo. I like seeing the animals, I like watching the animals, I like learning about the animals.
Favorites today: the hippo fart, the young cheetahs playing and wrestling on the ground, the orangutan playing with a burlap bag, and the polar bears swimming on their back and looking very contented, even though I count them among the animals who have an inadequate space.