Here we are at the Peoria Zoo and I think I see a familiar face over there...
It's birthday boy, Scott Turley! Okay, let's start this zoorific birthday celebration!
We enter over here...
The entrance gate is named after famed World War II fighting pilot, General Admission.
And we're off! I've heard they've got some new exotic animals here at the zoo and I'm anxious to look at them and so is Scott.
There's some rocks and sand, but sadly no animals to be seen yet.
Nothing to see here but more sand. I guess this is the desert exhibit.
It's pretty hot out here today, I'm wondering if they've taken all the animals somewhere for a swim.
Okay, this is starting to get a little ridiculous. I think next year I'll take Scott to a bar, that way we'll be guaranteed of seeing some animals.
This tribute to Ringo's hair-do from 1964 is nice, but still, it would be fun to see some animals here at the zoo.
Okay, this is starting to bring back some bad memories. We better start seeing some animals pretty soon or I'm going to get pissed off over here. And Scott's about to start crying! I need to take him to a bar next year!
Okay, there's got to be some animals here in the Africa exhibit.
Finally we get to see an animal and this is quite the exotic creature that's roaming the zoo uncaged. It's the rare Hatopotumus animal. These creatures are very violent, but they're not very territorial. They mate once every two years and they mate with a select group of partners for life. Which, with their fairly short lifespans, is only normal. We better move along before he attacks!
Here's another one! This is a rare Baby Brazilian Tapir. They make sounds ranging from fairly low pitched to extremely high pitched and have a fairly small range of sounds they make to indicate discoveries, dangers and otherwise communicate with each other. This is of no real importance to me or Scott, because both of us are almost deaf.
Wow, here's an unusual animal! This is an Emperor Tamarin. They live in moist areas and are extremely skittish. They're carnivores and their small, thin mouths, their teeth and long tongue are ideal for eating fish. A chill just ran down MBIP pal and Contributor, Mike Foster.
Whoa, check out this big fella! This is a Bull Mouthed Rhino. He enjoys gourds, leafy products and disco dancing after midnight.
I thought I'd actually try to touch this animal and he appears to like it. This is my Dr. Dolittle moment at the Peoria Zoo!
Of course no trip to the zoo is complete without a tribute to Bill Molleck! (Inside joke alert!)
Here on the Asian Trail we see that there's a Palm Oil Crisis. Oh no! Could this be the end of Happy Endings as we know them?
The heat index out here is like 793 degrees, so Scott and I have decided to take a break at The Zambezi River Lodge.
It's air-conditioned in here and it feels great!
The pretty and friendly staff in here happily posed for the MBIP camera.
I got a pretzel...
And Scott had a Pepsi. They don't serve beer in here. We need to go to a bar next year.
And of course since it's Scott's birthday, the last stop is the Gift Shop!
Here we are inside the gift shop...hey, I see something familiar over there...
It's the $699.95 tiger. He was here last year. You'd think by now he'd be discounted.
Animal erasers? I'm shocked they sell these here, some mad-man could wipe out the whole zoo with a handful of these things!
Scott chose this animal magnet thingy for a present. We really need to go to a bar next year! Happy birthday, Scott and we'll see you all tomorrow!
Bonus Picture From Jaws The Cabbie
Jaws the Cabbie added a little something to the last photo and it’s pictured below. Can you spot what it is? Hint: The bird is the word! Thanks, Jaws!