|Zebra eating bread that Miss Lee threw at giraffes' head|
I'm not a big fan of zoos. But the Bangkok zoo is a 'must see' attraction because it's really more of an outdoor park for people and wild animals. I took Timmy, Katrina and Miss Lee to the zoo. I've checked 'Safari' off my bucket list because we had direct access to animals that most people never see, even on a safari. We saw animals from every continent and I'd say we covered 4 of the African 'big 5' in one afternoon.
There were many food stalls and some sold loaves of bread. I assumed that the bread was available for tourists to have a picnic by the lake. No, the fresh bread was for the animals. I don't think Miss Lee has ever been to a zoo. Certainly no one ever told her "Don't feed the animals." She literally ran for the bread and her first stop was the water enclosure.
|Komodo Dragon on raft, surveying the buffet|
The 'water enclosure' housed the komodo dragons, (also known as the komodo monitor lizard) and prehistoric fish. So we're all clear, 'water enclosure' as defined at the Bangkok zoo, is a small lake where zoo goers can rent paddle boats to get as close as humanly possible to the water creatures.
Years ago, I saw 13 komodo monitor lizards behind my hotel on Kho Phgan Ngan island. They ranged in size from 2 feet to 8 feet. They are huge and appear to be massive, slow, dumb, super-sized geckos. At the time, I thought they ate flies and ferns.
Since then, I learned that the komodo monitor lizard is venomous and has 60 serrated teeth. They are able to sprint at 12 mph and dive 15 ft under water. The komodo monitor lizard isn't picky and eats just about anything, lizards, snakes and even smaller Komodo dragons. Other menu items include birds, monkeys, goats, horses, water buffalo, and humans (all of which are readily available at zoos).
I used the axiomatic method to devise the following Euclidean proof to determine the relative danger of the Komodo Dragon:
Carnivore + (Massive body x Pea Sized Brain) = Certain Death for Victim
Here is a video of tourists in a paddle boat in the 'water enclosure' with the komodo dragons. I was hoping the people in the paddle boat were security. Nope, those people paid to slowly paddle around murky water filled with large, venomous lizards.
It was a bit of a circus the day we went to the zoo. But I suspect the Bangkok zoo is like that every day.