Monday, April 8, 2013

the other day with the otters

 A couple months ago, The Minnesota Zoo had a picture on it's facebook page, of an otter and wanted people to caption it for a chance to win two sea otter encounters.  I gave it a shot, which I thought would not win, and I won (I'm sure you can find it on their facebook page somewhere;)!  If you know me, you know I LOVE animals, like I'm really allergic to pretty much anything with fur, but won't hesitate for a second to pet, kiss and hug animals:)  

When I was little, I tried giving a puppy a kiss and it bit me on my nose, still have a little scar.  I saved some baby ducks from railroad tracks, I tried saving some baby mice, but my mom wouldn't let me take them home.  I've bottle fed llamas and lambs.  I would collect salamanders and toads, and grew up with cats, dogs, bunnies, and horses.  My dream job would be working with mammals in a zoo...I couldn't even get a volunteer position at the Fargo zoo, dreams crushed.  So when I won this, it's probably one of the coolest and most awesome things ever, and I freaked out! Luckily, Derek finds this obsession endearing...I think.  But he does like to make fun of me a little bit.

Yesterday was the day!  I was so giddy with excitement, like a small child!  They have three sea otters at the MN zoo, Capers, Jasper and Rocky.  We had the privilege to hang out with adorable, big eared, big nostriled, furry otter, Jasper.  We learned about him, toured the kitchen, got to take a picture with him, watch him play and eat, and we even got to feed him!!

Jasper honks...seriously the most adorable thing ever!  It was really great, and I'm so so thankful for the experience and opportunity.

The otters have some really great trainers, awesome to get to know them a little.



Capers even came to say hi to us, also adorable:)

Stop by sometime and say hi to them, and the rest of the animals at the zoo, it's one of my favorite places to go, at least now I have kids and can use them as an excuse:)  

Thank you MN Zoo!!!!  Dream come true:)


Anonymous said...

So sweet! Haven't been to the Minnesota zoo in years-glad you had fun!

Becca Groves said...

It's so fun that you won this when it was such a dream come true! I bet the zoo keepers were so pleased to show you around. We have family friends who work with the lions and the taper (I think the taper is gone now...) and it does look like such cool work.

So happy for you. What a great adventure.