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September 24, 2012


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Bitten by a squirrel + funny ZOO Vienna - PHOTOS

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 24, 2012, 12:20 PM

Hi :D

I used my a bit higher (but still pathetically low) self-confidence to meet another dA member - this time it was Shadow-and-Flame-86, lovely young scientist from Scottland, where she studies marine mammals! It was just perfect, she is very nice person, we had fun (at least me :giggle:). I am really glad we met and could chat a lot about her work, ZOOs and animals in general :aww:

What was the biggest attraction? Giant pandas? Wolves?
No! Those were squirrels :D
ZOO Vienna is totally full of wild but tame squirrels. And by full I mean that they are everywhere in a forest part of the ZOO! People feed them with nuts, so they come VERY close to you, they even run to humans, following them and begging :lol: I was ready for this and I prepared a sack of wallnuts for me and Shadow-and-Flame-86 to have some fun. It was amazing :D one squirrel bit me when she took a nut from my fingers - I was rude to hold it too tightly, I think XD other squirrel climbed me chest, other one my bag and I got one on my head! :laughing:

Also, wild great tits are tame too, we just put some nuts on our palms and birdies came, sitting on our hands, getting nuts from us :D that was so sweet :aww:

The weather was bad for photos, so I have only some new red panda shots - but , squirrels and birdies were such fun! :D

Thanks for meeting Shadow-and-Flame-86, I hope I will see you again :hug:

Shadow-and-Flame-86 feeding a tame wild Eurasian red squirrel :D
And then there are some new photos from Vienna ;D

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rebelwolfchris Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Red panda is a STUNNING shot!
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
squirrells > all other zoo animals in zoo Vienna! :la: :iconsquirrelsplz:

I had an amazing time too! It was so much fun with all the 'wild' animals coming up to you, I'd never done anything like that before so its was one of the highlights for me too ^-^

I love that last sea lion shot :love:

I haven't even uploaded my photos yet... that is tonight's job!
hatshere Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
That sounds like an amazing day you had! :D
I'm glad you day was filled with happiness ^-^
DezzeShattered Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I want your job!
Can you share?
SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember I got bitten by a chipmunk once while I was feeding it because I made the dumb mistake of trying to pet its back and ended up squeezing it a bit by accident. It didn't like that and bit my finger. I immediately ran into the cottage to run water over the bite and I was fine. I still feed the chipmunks when I'm at the cottage.
Aren't you worried about potential rabies if the squirrel bit you?
Nookslider Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Seeing that squirrel taking a nut reminds me of my late squirrel, Scout.
lenslady Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, sounds like a lot of fun!!!!!!! Excellant pics as usual.............always enjoy your work.
KIARAsART Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool :D. Sound like you had fun! How did you like the zoo Vienna overall? Exhibits for the animals and possibilities to take photos.
woxys Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
hi :D I have been to Vienna ZOO several times, this was not my first visit :D to be honest, although I know this is very high-ranked ZOO, I do not like it that much. It is too park like, and those precisely cut trees and bushes, perfect colour stylisation make me feel uneasy. I prefere Czech style of ZOOs - I think they are better at breeding, they have larger and more natural and more photographer-friendly exhibits. And also, ZOO Vienna is usually totally crowded - which means that you need to WAIT in a queque to get close to the viewing window and when you finally get there, there are people behind you, wainting too, so you do not have the best feeling when you want to stay and take photos :XD:

they have some interesting species, but: wolves are under trees (terrible light for photos), jaguars (very dark exhibit and jaguars do not pose at all), tigers (but there are many people around the only small viewing window), lions (but there is fence in the background), giant pandas (but they usually do not pose), humming birds (but they keep themselves far from people). They have also aquariums, but they keep the species I do not love that much.

And some exhibits are REALLY small - for example exhibit for giraffes is not acceptable at all in my eyes.

So yeah, interesting ZOO, but in my eyes, it is far worse place for a photo visit than almost any Czech ZOO... and that's also why I loved wild squirrels so much ;D
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