“Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!” ~

 

Rosamond Gifford Zoo  in nearby Syracuse, NY, is advertising their “Winter at the Zoo” Photo Contest, which includes free admission to all photogs who bring a camera (not a cell phone camera) and a coupon you can get from their website.  So I decided to give it a try since today’s temps were to be around 40 degrees, and the long range forecast is for the teens for the rest of the month.  I called my eldest daughter and she brought my grandson, Liam, and they came along too.

As it turned out, all of the exhibits we wanted to photo were inside the zoo building anyway… except the elephants and wolves ~ but Spring is coming!   By far my most favorite exhibit was of the lions.  Syracuse has three; one male and two females.  When we first arrived at the exhibit, they were not yet out in their “paddock”, but we could see preparations were being made and they would be allowed out to see soon.   About 5-10 minutes later they were let loose into their enclosure, and we got to observe them relatively close up as they began their antics.

Male Lion relaxes at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion relaxes at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion reigns at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion reigns at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Lioness at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Lioness at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion shows interest in spectators at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion shows interest in spectators at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Pair of attentive lions at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Pair of attentive lions at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Big Cat Trio at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Big Cat Trio at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

 Before the cats come out into the enclosure, a zoo staff brings a spray bottle of “something” and sprays a variety of places like the rocks and some of the wooden logs etc.    The predators act like it’s catnip and relax and begin to play.

Lioness sizes up grandson, Liam, for lunch?

Lioness sizes up grandson, Liam, for lunch?

A plate of thick glass separates my grandson, 4-yr-old Liam, from this kitty who apparently thinks he’d make a great bite-sized snack.  I’m sure Liam was wondering if she was “pet-able”.

I think I’m going to submit a couple of the lion photos for the contest.  You’re only allowed to submit two.  They haven’t announced what the prize(s) will be yet… probably not yet procured.

      ~ I came, I saw, I blogged…. till next time.

 

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6 thoughts on ““Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!” ~

    • Thank you, Patti. Those cats looked almost tame. But when they’re right up against the window, and you see how big they are, they become pretty intimidating… even if they WERE tame! I’m not sure Liam quite knew what to think… but he enjoyed himself just the same. The zoo became packed with parents and children his age. They were streaming in as we left.

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