Monday, June 13, 2011

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh my!

During our recent family vacation, we made a stopover to the Fort Worth Zoo, which truly deserves its fabulous reputation. While there, we learned quite a number of random things, which, of course, I will now inflict upon you:

1. Elephants have a tusk preference just like humans have a hand preference. So, elephants will either be left-tusked or right-tusked.

2. Only four of the seventeen varieties of penguins actually live in cold climates. (By the way, there is some debate over the number of penguin species, with claims of between 17 and 20.)

3. All existing white tigers have been bred in captivity and are descendants of a tiger named Mohan, who was captured as a cub in India in 1951.

4. Only bald eagles who have been rescued may be housed in zoos.

5. The Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, a peacock, a coyote, an alligator, and a few rabbits.

Well worth the visit if you're ever in the Forth Worth area.

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