Saturday, September 25, 2010

Meena and Baby at Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoo, Dudley, West Midlands, England ~
 February 16, 2010
Lowland tapirs Meena (the mom) and baby Ronnie

When we were in England last February, it was impossible not to stop in at Dudley Zoo in the West Midlands. I've posted pictures of the incredibly picturesque Dudley Castle, around which the zoo is built, but I have not begun to post my zoo and tapir pictures until today. We had an amazing visit, not only because there was a baby tapir, but thanks to zoo owners, staff, and especially tapir keeper Laura Robbins (whose hand you see here coaxing the tapirs out of their stall), this was one of the pleasantest zoo visits I've had in my many years of visiting zoos. The weather was perfect, the people delightful, and the tapirs, of course, too adorable for words. I took many photos and will be posting them here - hopefully several per week. I'll mix it up a little, but the main theme for the moment will be the tapirs of Dudley Zoo.

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nancy7 said...

My partner bought me a "Tickle the Tapirs" experience for my birthday on March 7th. They are wonderful, beautiful creatures and spending time with them was an amazing experience. Ronnie is a lot bigger now but he has kept some of his markings on his feet and ankles, and you may be interested to know, Meena is pregnant and due to give birth any day now. This is how I found this blog, in looking for news about the birth - but it doesn't look as if it has happened yet.

nancy7 said...

Update to the last comment - Meena had a little baby girl on Friday. They've named her "Tallulah".

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