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The last outing of our trip took place to London Zoo. Sadly, Rhys was not feeling well that day, so it was a sadly less-enjoyable outing than it could have been. Poor sproglet. Animals looked healthy and there were lots of information to be looked at and read.



On Regent Canal, right by the zoo, there were a ton of barges, and this floating Chinese restaurant. Pretty cool idea.
On Regent Canal, right by the zoo, there were a ton of barges, and this floating Chinese restaurant.  Pretty cool idea. photo 1959407_10154445897745023_1840178192026669499_n.jpg

Went to the reptile house. Looked oddly familiar. As if I'd seen it in a movie somewhere. This iguana was happily hanging out close to the glass.
Went to the reptile house.  Looked oddly familiar.  As if I'd seen it in a movie somewhere.  This iguana was happily hanging out close to the glass. photo 10570470_10154445897620023_1156057028837664582_n.jpg

One of the most feared snakes in the world; the black mamba. Unassuming thing... a decent size, but definitely not what you'd think of as a terror-inducing reptile.
One of the most feared snakes in the world; the black mamba.  Unassuming thing? a decent size, but definitely not what you'd think of as a terror-inducing reptile. photo 10481164_10154445897895023_4200784414599429853_n.jpg

This guy was super active and was clambering all around his exhibit.
This guy was super active and was clambering all around his exhibit. photo 10446458_10154445898275023_5083853818379283961_n.jpg

I liked this guy's colouring.
I liked this guy's colouring. photo 1560577_10154445898615023_6463488754650049986_n.jpg

Peek-a-boo! This lizard was peeking out from behind some rocks.
Peek-a-boo!  This lizard was peeking out from behind some rocks. photo 10593155_10154445898395023_8253284118382694177_n.jpg

Chameleon. Gods, they're ugly critters.
Chameleon.  Gods, they're ugly critters. photo 10577203_10154445898390023_901250341794653076_n.jpg

Galapagos tortoise. It's called Island Gigantism… on a closed island system, larger creatures have an advantage over the smaller ones and will evolve into bigger and bigger strains of the creature. There are several examples of this happening in the Galapagos.
Galapagos tortoise.  It's called Island Gigantism? on a closed island system, larger creatures have an advantage over the smaller ones and will evolve into bigger and bigger strains of the creature.  There are several examples of this happening in th photo 10445986_10154445898095023_786856291974546302_n.jpg

There's also the reverse... apparently, the Galapagos used to be the home of a miniature elephant! However, here, Rhys is riding a life-sized replica of one of the tortoises.
There's also the reverse? apparently, the Galapagos used to be the home of a miniature elephant!  However, here, Rhys is riding a life-sized replica of one of the tortoises. photo 58861_10154445898520023_9103568953429620187_n.jpg

Komodo Dragon. This guy reminded me a lot of some of the dogs I know. Sometimes it's just SO HARD to keep your head up. BIG lizard... this guy probably had 20lbs or more on Rhys.
Komodo Dragon.  This guy reminded me a lot of  some of the dogs I know.  Sometimes it's just SO HARD to keep your head up.  BIG lizard? this guy probably had 20lbs on Rhys. photo 10522448_10154445898625023_8247726491104638505_n.jpg

Bearded pigs. Sometimes, humanity has no imagination at all. Good observational skills, but no imagination.
Bearded pigs.  Sometimes, humanity has no imagination at all.  Good observational skills, but no imagination. photo 10372231_10154445897625023_5337201152960606826_n.jpg

The aviary was full of some VERY bold birds like this one here.
The aviary was full of some VERY bold birds like this one here. photo 10373494_10154445897740023_8358768097772779122_n.jpg

The plumage on this bird is some of the most beautiful I've ever seen in person.
The plumage on this bird is some of the most beautiful I've ever seen in person. photo 10574408_10154445898010023_5393215720942636720_n.jpg

This is a form of ibis and reminded me a lot, in behaviour, of the ibis in the Vancouver Aquarium. Same total lack of fear of the people around them, same careful stepping as it moved.
This is a form of ibis and reminded me a lot, in behaviour, of the ibis in the Vancouver Aquarium.  Same total lack of fear of the people around them, same careful stepping as it moved. photo 10553325_10154445898400023_7070208629364858032_n.jpg

Peafowl.
Peafowl. photo 10448210_10154445898510023_7472531745171906053_n.jpg

White pelican. Those are pretty big birds!
White pelican.  Those are pretty big birds! photo 10592944_10154445898620023_7107406188187497671_n.jpg

Went into the Butterfly garden. Lots of pretty, pretty butterflies, like this glass-winged one. Never seen one of those before.
Went into the Butterfly garden.  Lots of pretty, pretty butterflies, like this glass-winged one.  Never seen one of those before. photo 10494635_10154445897615023_7710268637982960822_n.jpg

This guy was pretty big, as you can see, since I had someone else's hand in the picture. He'd lost one of the lobes on his wing, but he was big and very pretty.
This guy was pretty big, as you can see, since I had someone else's hand in the picture.  He'd lost one of the lobes on his wing, but he was big and very pretty. photo 10557427_10154445897735023_6603759964899143700_n.jpg

Another bigger butterfly. Behind it, in the box, is a caterpillar. They didn't photograph well, being covered in bumps and a white powdery substance.
Another bigger butterfly.  Behind it, in the box, is a caterpillar.  They didn't photograph well, being covered in bumps and a white powdery substance. photo 10559895_10154445897860023_7788694380750534626_n.jpg

This is an Atlas Moth. It was HUGE... My out-of-focus finger was level with its wing. Wouldn't want one of those flapping around my candle!
This is an Atlas Moth.  It was HUGE? My out-of-focus finger was level with its wing.  Wouldn't want one of those flapping around my candle! photo 10559696_10154445898230023_3085498768324177511_n.jpg

Rhys riding a tiger. Like you do.
Rhys riding a tiger.  Like you do. photo 10372231_10154445897865023_8619629097607695866_n.jpg

One of the mature tigers at the zoo. Such big, beautiful animals.
One of the mature tigers at the zoo.  Such big, beautiful animals. photo 60635_10154445898220023_180553409377585082_n.jpg


This was mama tiger. She had 3 cubs with her, and here you see her in mid-vocalization, calling to them. The cubs were extremely active, tumbling and chasing all over the enclosure. Two were more bold and independent, but the third tended to stay close to mama.
This was mama tiger.  She had 3 cubs with her, and here you see her in mid-vocalization, calling to them.  The cubs were extremely active, tumbling and chasing all over the enclosure.  Two were more bold and independent, but the third tended to stay photo 10565141_10154445898515023_8974602514524032041_n.jpg


The gorillas were interesting to see… I've never actually seen them in person before. The power in those arms and shoulders is really impressive. That was never actually conveyed to me in the pictures I've seen.
The gorillas were interesting to see? I've never actually seen them in person before.  The power in those arms and shoulders is really impressive.  That was never actually conveyed to me in the pictures I've seen photo 10551113_10154445897990023_6822254869653147938_n.jpg

Rhys was clearly not doing well, and had been complaining about his legs itching and hurting, as well as being quite draggy. On getting home and seeing his legs, we could see why.
Rhys was clearly not doing well, and had been complaining about his legs itching and hurting, as well as being quite draggy.  On getting home and seeing his legs, we could see why. photo 10403433_10154445921905023_7364142561941850032_n.jpg

Poor guy. He's got anti-histamines in him now, and will be wearing shorts and sandals for the rest of the trip, in case it's an allergy to the laundry soap or fabric softeners that have been used.
Poor guy.  He's got anti-histamines in him now, and will be wearing shorts and sandals for the rest of the trip, in case it's an allergy to the laundry soap or  fabric softeners that have been used. photo 10377094_10154445921920023_7615536906820072135_n.jpg

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