Saturday, 26 April 2008

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

I now understand why people at places like Yellowstone National Park get attacked by bears. It's because they look so cute, they hardly seem dangerous.

We just spent a day of our kids' vacation 45 minutes outside Paris in the park of Thoiry. In Thoiry, there is an animal reserve, a more traditional zoo and a chateau to be explored.

The highlight was definitely the animal reserve where we drove our car through hectacres of land which was populated with hippos, ostriches, elephants, buffalo, bear and warthogs among other beasts. We could practically reach out and touch a buffalo and a bear who were right next to our car. I tell you I was totally tempted to pet the matted down fur of the buffalo. Those creatures are huge! In the end, we did stay in our car, but we did roll down the window (which is a no no) to get some good photos. Here are the beasts we met:

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