Saturday was Rachel's birthday. To celebrate, a group of us got together and went to Ueno Zoo. Rachel loves animals thus why she picked the zoo. Many of you probably know that Ueno Zoo is famous for being one of the few zoos to house a giant panda. Sadly this is no longer true as the panda died sometime last year before my arrival in Japan. So no panda pictures. Sorry. I would have been more disappointed, but I've already seen a panda since I went to the zoo in DC.
This was in the park outside of the zoo. We were passing by and saw this comic performance. They weren't saying anything so we could actually sort of understand what was going on. We had to meet another friend of Rachel's though so we couldn't stay to watch for long.
First animals we went to see at the zoo! Elephants! In Japanese, elephant is zou (pronounced with a long "o" sound).
This is a kapibara (I think it has a different spelling in English...) Like a giant guinea pig really ^_^
And here's the polar bear. There were a lot of people at his enclosure so it was hard to get good pictures.
This is an Asian wild dog. Cute right? There were three of them all napping.
This is a crane.
This is a reall cool looking bird. I've forgotten what type it is though. My memory is not perfect. Sorry.
I hope I don't need to tell anyone what this is a picture of...
In Japanese, tiger is "tora" (remember that the "r" sounds kind of like and "l" if you try to pronounce that out loud).
A peacock in a tree. I believe there were also monkeys in this cage.
I love gorillas. I think they're cool.
Here is an emu. He was very friendly.
Lydia and Rachel. Rachel has a very entertaining face there :-P
Little baby chick! Sitting in an incubator. This was in the children's area. The also just had chickens that were allowed to wander around. I stayed away from them because I don't get along with roosters.
Kangaroos! Little ones actually.
This guy is probably my favorite animal from the zoo. Doesn't he just look cool? Lydia said he looked like a dinosaur which is totally true.
Another one where I really hope I don't have to actually tell you what this is...
Cory and Rachel. This picture was generated when I said, "Cory, quick, do something creepy to Rachel!" and voila!
It was a pretty fun day all around.