This week I've been researching local zoos for an upcoming parenting article. Besides feeding kangaroos in the rain, I've learned:
--that Cougar Mountain Zoo exhibits reindeer because "people don't realize they're real!" Everybody just knows them from Santa Claus stories.
--that Scott Peterson, founder of the Reptile Zoo, bought an Alligator Snapping Turtle to save it from the soup pot (it's still at the zoo--don't get your fingers too close!)
--that the founders of the Outback Kangaroo Farm meant to go into ostrich-farming, but at the ostrich farm meeting sat next to a woman cuddling a baby kangaroo
It's so great to have an excuse to pester people for details.