Thank you for buying mugs, people - also thanks to them (and my name day gift), I could go to ZOO Nuremberg
My journey started at 9 PM, I went to Prague and at 11:55 PM, I caught a bus to Nuremberg. I got there at 3:30 AM and I went to the railway station, as it was warm and safe place to stay. I needed to wait some 5 hours on a bench like a homeless!
but I had a book and I was so tired, that I also slept a bit. Then I went to the ZOO, being the first visitor again!
Of course, dolphins were the main attraction for me - all other animals are kept also in Czech ZOOs, but dolphins are real rarity for me. And ZOO Nuremberg has absolutely new exhibit for them - big outdoor lagoon with underwater window, which allows you to see swimming dolphins and sea lions, who share this home. Last time I considered myself to be a bit unlucky - only two dolphins were in the whole lagoon and they hardly came close to the window, so I took only few photos of them underwater.
This time, I saw all four dolphins in the complex of lagoon. But they almost did not enter the biggest tank, so it was impossible to see them underwater!
they spent only few minutes in the biggest pool and they did not come close to window at all, which was a bit disapointing, because my main task of this trip was to take some underwater photos. But well... nothing is perfect
and fortunately, I still have some underwater shots I took during my last trip.
I also noticed three things: although dolphins can enter all the pools of the lagoon complex, they prefered small ones! They were playing there, having fun, although the main pool is much deeper, wider and longer. So funny - antidolphinarium activists should have see that. For second, dolphins LOVED to take part in the training - Jenny had to be stopped, because she kept waving her flips so long, that people laughed. For third, some dolphins refused to do some tricks and nobody punished them, of course. Dolphins were asked to get out of the water - but they did not want to, so they stayed in the tank. Trainers obviously loved them deeply and they just laughed when animals made some problems
But the most funny thing I saw in Nuremberg (except of really strange people at/in (?) the railway station
), was...... a TALKING squirrel. Almost everytime I visit ZOO Norimberk, I see a ginger Eurasian red squirrel on the same place. Yesterday, I walked the road and then I heard a strange sound. Bird? I thought. Or a cat? Or a squirrel? Then I saw it - it was wonderful red squirrel on a tree just above my head. Not only it was making some strange sound, it was TALKING! Have you ever heard a snarrling cat? So this squirrel had this voice of snarrling cat and it was saying "MÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ!" all the time! I took many shots of the squirrel and even when I left it, walking away, I could still hear that "mííííí"
After I left the ZOO, I went for a little walk in Nuremberg city (people who know me are surely shocked - I voluntary walked!), enjoying their automatic underground without a driver and some interesting mixture of old and very modern architecture. I also had really delicous Cappuccino
I saw funny fish product market and I bought Nürnberger bratwurst as a "sample" of Nuremberg's cuisine for rest of my family
then I just waited on a bench again, at 0:30 AM, I caught a bus to Prague and at 5 AM, it was another bus to Brno. I got home at 8:30 and I was reaaaaaly tired, because I did not manage to sleep in a bus
So, now it is a feature for the last Kiriban (666 666, wooooooo!
) winner and then some photos from ZOO Nuremberg ;D
P.S.: my photos have not been stolen and posted here on dA for pretty long time - incredible!