Monday, May 18, 2009

Lion Park with Jon

Jon came in on Thursday the 14th and we've been having a ball with him here! Over the weekend we went to the Lion Rhino Park, just an hour away from us. It's where Ben and I played with the baby lions and tigers before. Jon was super excited to wrestle with them.

Here is a link to the Picasa Album that has all the photos from the day, lots more there, but go to it after the post:
Lion Park

We got there an hour before they actually opened at 9am (a little eager)...and got to see all the animals up and lively. This was a huge 700 lb Tiger we had fun watching:

Love it when they yawn:

This was an UGLY pigme Hippo that was doing some good yawns for us too:

Then they finally let us in, we played with the 4 month old lions first. There were 8 of them, both white and brown lions:

They were so rowdy!

Their bites really hurt. (P.S. I gave myself was raining that day, but what do you think?)


Ok so this story is hilarious. These birds are HIDEOUS. Look at the hair on the back of their head. Talk about ugly. So they're really scary looking right? When they'd come up to you, that beak looks like it'd pierce right through you!

So Ben was next to one that was looking at him and walking towards him slowly, so he asked the guy, "Hey are these birds dangerous?" And RIGHT THEN, this ugly bird raised both wings and CHARGED right at Ben! I wish I had a video of it. I can't even describe how funny it was. I'm laughing my head off right now. Ben immediately backed up really fast and ran into the electric fence! It gave him quite the shock, but his adrenaline was pumping so much, he was just hurting all over and didn't know what happened. This is after it happened, this is his 'embarrassed and shocked' face. Hilarious.

Then the 2 month old Tigers (this one looks a little...strange at the moment):

Love this picture of the little Tiger:

Then we got to pet the full-grown Cheetah named Eddie:

After the park, we went on a short game drive and found these amazing White Lions again. The white is supposed to be from a recessive gene or something. The 2 males wrestling:

Jon's goal was to see the Black Rhinos. But we drove all over and couldn't find any. On our way out, RIGHT by the exit, there they were. With a little baby! Adorable:

We had a great time. Jon wants to go back this week. Ben got a major scratch on his side, his ear, and a couple on his hands and arms. Jon got two on each bicep in the same spot and a couple on his bum:) We have some fun things planned this week and this weekend we're going to Pilanesberg. Should be fun! Stay tuned!


Tawnya said...

That is so fun. I love those pictures...petting lions and cheetah's? Crazy! And I really like you bangs too!

Unknown said...

Those animals are so gorgeous. Especially that tiger! And LOVE LOVE your cute on you!

ps. ok- I know this is lame, but every time I see you guys playing with baby cubs...I worry about you ruining your clothes. hehe. Never about getting bite or scratched, I am just like "DANG I bet those jeans and shirt are toast!" Looks like fun though :)

Gage and Missy!! said...

Oh my heck you guys look like you guys are having the BEST time in Africa! But I mean you are in Africa that is so awesome! Well I am glad that you guys are having fun with Jon keep the post coming!

Lindsey said...

Camille! Looks like you are having so much fun in Africa! Hey I was wondering- how do you get that cute font on your blog, for all your titles and headings? I love it!

The Imperfect Pie said...

oh my goodness; i am laughing so hard right now. that picture of ben with the tigers clawing his pants and then the story about the bird-- I would have peed my pants. I miss you guys.

Jamie said...

Awesome pictures I really love the tiger ones. I love tigers they are gorgeous!! Keep having fun!! :)

Alyssa said...

You are becoming such a great photographer! I can't believe you guys got to hold little lion cubs...looks like so much fun! And I think you look way cute with bangs too!

paige and jord said...

your bangs are adorable! and those pics are sooo great- so, can we come visit.... im gettin jealous.