Some Animals

In our first foray into downtown Tokyo we went to to the Ueno Zoological Gardens.

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Shinobazuno Pond, Ueno Zoological Gardens, Tokyo, Japan

I am ambivalent about zoos. For people to be able to see a living animal is a great public good. Yet, here are creatures taken from expansive homes and kept in cages.

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Animals whose territory was once measured in square miles live in places measured in square meters.

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Hippopotamus

I will probably never go on a safari or explore the tundra.

Here I got to see.

Polar Bear butt.

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Polar Bear Butt

Malay Sun Bear.

We pause to see paws and claws.

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I don’t know who this raccoony creature is, but it gave a quick portrait opportunity before curling up for a nap.

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There was a group of snow monkeys in a large enclosure.

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In the hot and humid vivarium were herps.

Crocodilians.

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A green monitor lizard.

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Outside in a pool, flamingos, such color!

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And across the way from the flamingos was a shoebill.

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Pale/slate blue eyes on a slatey colored bird. Closest relative: the pelican.

We wondered and wandered until late afternoon. There were plenty of other wonders there, but this post is just for the animals.

 

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