Guess what this is.

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It’s the head of an alligator in the water, with a dragonfly sitting on top. The water (and much of the gator’s head) are covered with floating greenery. I went over to the zoo today and took the camera along.

There was a baby chimpanzee in the chimp area, and that little chimp had one thought in its mind–to get over to a thick hanging rope where some other chimps had been climbing and swinging. The mother would sit with her baby.

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And as soon as mom was distracted, the little one would take off.

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Mom would rush to grab the baby and carry it back before it could go very far.

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But as soon as the baby saw its opportunity, it would run off again.

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Finally the little one got over to the rope.

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It grabbed hold and just sat there–it didn’t seem to know what to do next.

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Mother came over and sat down nearby, giving up on keeping her baby away from the rope. The baby never did climb on it–just sitting with it was good enough.

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One of the jaguars was swimming today.

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He’s a young jaguar, only about a year old, and he likes the water.

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I saw tigers too, but couldn’t get any shots with a background besides the fencing.

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The lioness was in a better position for a photo.

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A pretty Roseate Spoonbill grooming itself.

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A playful otter in the water, carrying a stick.

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And a pair of babirusas, odd-looking wild members of the pig family.

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