Friday, July 8, 2016

Pictures From My Columbus Zoo Trip

Here are some pics we (Hubby and I) took while at the Columbus Zoo (clicking on the picture should enlarge it).

This is Nora. She was born at the zoo on Nov 6, 2015. Five days after her birth, they had to pull her from her parents (who are still at the zoo), since the mother was no longer caring for her. They still keep her separated from the older polar bears. When she gets bigger, she'll probably end up at another zoo.
We managed to get to the zoo early enough to see her swim.
She's such a cutie!
Here's a video about her from YouTube (in case you want to see more).

 It always seems like the animals are sleeping when we go to the zoo. But these lions just cracked us up. Looks like they had partied hard!

They're zonked out all over!
Couldn't resist taking this one. :)
This here is Oswald Cobblepot. He was named via a naming contest (the little fella was born in March). Gee, I wonder why that name won?

 These are Humboldt penguins.

 My daughter just loves penguins of all sorts!
The hyena in the pond is searching for some goodies (even though there aren't any fish in the pond!). You can also see the zebras in the background.

So... Do you like to visit zoos? If you do and you're ever in the Columbus area, this is a nice one to visit. We may go back some day (Hubby goofed and didn't clear his memory stick and he ran out of room, so he didn't get all the pictures he wanted).

Hope you have a great weekend!



JeffO said...

Haven't been to a zoo in a while. Love the polar bear; from what I recall, they are extremely smart--and extremely dangerous. I imagine removing Nora from her parents' "care" was a delicate operation. Have a great weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I visited the Columbus zoo years ago - it's a nice one. Those lions do look like they partied hard.
Happy Blitz Day!

DL Hammons said...

Like JeffO, I can't remember the last time I've been to the zoo. Maybe when I get grandkids...which isn't gonna happen anytime soon!

Thank you for the pictures though!'re being BLITZED today. Enjoy. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Oh, and forgot - new follower!

betty said...

Loved the pictures of the zoo! The polar bear was so cute and who can resist penguins??

Last zoo I was at was a small one when we lived in Prescott, Arizona. I'm waiting for it to cool off in the fall/winter to visit the Phoenix Zoo where we now live :)

Happy Blitz!


Christine Rains said...

What fun! Wonderful pictures. I do like going to zoos. The walrus at the Indianapolis Zoo is such a ham! Happy Blitz Day! :)

Nicki Elson said...

Oh I love zoos. I've been to the Columbus Zoo - very, very nice. Little Lola is a doll and a half.

If you're in che Chicago area, be sure to checkout Brookfield Zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo in the city is nice too - and free.

Happy Blitz Day!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I like zoos, but the walking really gets to my feet. I hate getting old!

Alex - Thanks for the follow!

DL - I knew something was up when I saw so many e-mails from my blog!! :) Thanks!!

Betty - I can't imagine going to an Arizona zoo in the summer. Thanks for visiting!

Christine - I've been to the Indianapolis Zoo. LOVED the dolphins (got to swim with them!).

Stacy McKitrick said...

Nicki - Hubby and I will be in Chicago later this month, so who knows, maybe we'll check it out. Thanks for visiting!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Animals are so wonderful and zoos are often part of larger wildlife foundations - so cool!
Love those pics of Nora - she is super cute, and those lions looks hilarious. :)
Happy Blitz Day!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Tyrean - I couldn't stop laughing at those lions. Still, wish I could sleep like that. :) Thanks for visiting!

M said...

Love the pics! Happy Blitz!

Maria Zannini said...

I love going to the zoo, especially zoos in new-to-me cities. Every one is a bit different.

Glad it was a good trip.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Those pics are all so cute! My dog sleeps like the lions.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I love those lion pictures!!

Happy Blitz Day!

LuAnn Braley said...

Gosh I haven't been to a zoo in AGES! You've got some great pictures there~

Happy Blitz Day!

Theresa Milstein said...

What great pictures! That's sad that Nora can't be with her parents.

Happy Blitz Day!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the zoo, though I haven't been there for awhile. Really enjoyed your pictures. Happy Blitz Day!

Arlee Bird said...

Nice zoo pics. I do like zoos as long as it's not too hot and too crowded. It's fascinating just to watch the animal behavior.

Happy blitz day! Bloggers are going to turn your blog into a zoo today.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

L.G. Keltner said...

These pictures are great! The picture of the lions sleeping reminded me of a few people I know.

Happy Blitz Day!

Inderpreet Kaur said...

I visited a zoo last year, we have some good ones in India and the reserves are good as well. I loved the polar bear and yes, who could resist the lazy lion :D
Happy Blitz Day.

Michelle Wallace said...

Those are wonderful pictures!
Happy Blog Blitz Day!

Laura said...

Awwww! I love the pictures! I visited the San Diego Zoo for the first time last week, and it was a wonderful experience. The Columbus Zoo looks like a great one.

Toinette Thomas said...

Happy Blitz Day!
My hubby and I love to visit zoos. We get a membership each year so we can visits zoos in other states for free or at discounted rates. I've found that just before or just after it rains is the best time to go to the zoo. The animals love the rain on a hot day.

Tiana Smith said...

These pictures are adorable! Looks like the animals were behaving for you :)

Zan Marie said...

Happy Blitz the Zoo Day, Stacey!

Miranda Hardy said...

Love the pictures!

Happy Blitz Day!

Ink in the Book said...

Last time I visited a zoo was in Dallas, Texas at 13 years ago. My favorite is the penguins, probably because I collect anything penguin!

HappyBlitz Day!!

GSMarlene said...

Fun trip. I haven't been to a zoo in ages, but I need to.
Happy Blitz Day!

Connie Keller said...

Loved your photos!! I haven't been to a zoo in a couple of years. It's definitely time to visit one soon.

Happy Blog Blitz Day!

Kathryn McKendry said...

I haven't been to the Columbus Zoo but I have been to some nice ones like the Philadelphia Zoo and the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. I do love seeing the animals, I just wonder sometimes if we should really keep them confined.

Love the pics of the lions and that polar bear sure is a cutie!

Happy Blitz Day!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Yes, I love to visit zoos, and any kind of animal sanctuary. Our zoo here in Atlanta has a group of pandas, and I could watch them for hours. Your polar cub is adorable, too.

How ya feeling? A little bit woozy, maybe? Well you should, because you are totally getting BLITZED today! Enjoy!

Count me in as your newest groupie. Nice to meet you. :)

Timothy Brannan said...

Love the polar bears!

Happy Blitz Day!!

Sherry Ellis said...

What a cute polar bear! I've visited the Columbus zoo quite a bit. I used to live in Ohio. It's a nice zoo.

Happy Blitz Day!

Chrys Fey said...

I'd love to see a polar bear. :)

Happy Blitz Day!!!

Kate Larkindale said...

I have mixed feelings about zoos. I love looking at the animals, and think they do great work with breeding and conservation, but at the same time, animals shouldn't really be taken out of their habitats and put into cages.

Books Chatter said...

Wonderful pictures :-)
I love penguins too, as well as anything feline.
... ok, any animal full stop!

Thank you for sharing and happy blitz day from BooksChatter!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I haven't been to a zoo in years. The lions look like the heat got to them.
Happy Blitz Day!

Ella said...

Great photos! Happy Blitz Day~ I feel like the lion right now.
96 in my world and feels like triple digits~ I hope you have a happy weekend~

Sylvie Grayson said...

Hi Stacy,
I love the pictures from the zoo, haven't been to one since San Diego years ago. Happy blitz day, you've just been blitzed!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Oh my gosh! Go away for a few hours and WHAM! This is so awesome!!

M - Thanks for visiting!

Maria - I think the only reason I go to so many zoos is because of my hubby. He loves them.

Jennette - I wouldn't mind sleeping like the lions!

Dianne - Those lions were funny. Thanks for visiting.

LuAnn - Last zoo I visited before this one was the Santa Barbara Zoo in 2014. That's a nice zoo, too (and in my home town!). Thanks for visiting.

Theresa - Yeah, it is sad Nora can't be with her mother, but she seems to be adjusting well. Thanks for visiting.

Natalie - Thanks for visiting!

Arlee - It is a zoo here today. So unexpected! Thanks for visiting.

L.G. - I'm just glad the lions were close enough to see. Thanks for visiting!

Interpreet Kaur - Polar bears are cool. Almost as cool as penguins! Thanks for visiting.

Michelle - Thanks for visiting!

Laura - I've been to the San Diego Zoo way back in the 60s and 80s. I remember is being HUGE! Thanks for visiting.

Toinette - It rained a bit on our visit, which was nice--it kept the crowds away and kept the temps comfortable. Thanks for visiting!

Tiana - Sleeping...Behaving. Same diff, right? Thanks for visiting.

Zan - It's blitzing all right! Thanks for visiting.

Miranda - So glad! Thanks for visiting.

Ink in the Book - As you can tell, my daughter is a penguin fan, too. But then, so am I! Thanks for visiting.

GSMarlene - Zoos are neat. Thanks for visiting.

Connie - Thanks for visiting.

Kathryn - A lot of these animals probably wouldn't survive outside of the zoo, so that makes me feel a little better about them. Thanks for visiting.

Susan - Out of all the trips I've made to Atlanta (esp. for Dragon Con), I've never been to the Atlanta Zoo. Might have to remedy that one day. Thanks for following!

Timothy - Yay to polar bears! Thanks for following.

Sherry - This was my first visit to the Columbus Zoo and we've lived here 26 years! Aaack! Thanks for visiting.

Chrys - Polar bears are neat. Thanks for visiting.

Kate - Some animals are brought in because they are sick or injured and can't survive, but I know what you mean. Thanks for visiting.

Books Chatter - Love penguins! Thanks for visiting.

Susan G/K - It really wasn't that hot and it had rained earlier. I like to think the lions partied! :) Thanks for visiting.

Ella - 96!? Ugh. You can keep it. :) Thanks for visiting.

Sylvie - San Diego Zoo is great, too. Thanks for visiting.

JEN Garrett said...

Great pictures!
I haven't been to the Zoo for a while now.
Happy Blitz Day!

Jeff Hargett said...

Ashamed to say how long it's been since I last visited a zoo. (It's measured in decades.) Love the name Oswald Cobblepot. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

JEN - If it weren't for my hubby, I probably could say the same thing! Thanks for visiting.

Jeff - Oswald Cobblepot is a GREAT name for a penguin, isn't it? Hee hee. Thanks for visiting.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's a wonderful zoo to visit. I also love penguins. Got hooked on them with Opus from the comic Bloom County.

Happy Blitz day!

Stephen Tremp said...

We were at the Grand Rapids, MI zoo last week. It's a nice mid-sized zoo. Great family fun.

Happy Blitz Day!

Samantha Dunaway Bryant said...

Hey, my daughter is Norah (though she has an H, and less fur). Looks like a great trip to the zoo. I *always* love the polar bears, too. Happy Blitz Day!

@mirymom1 from
Balancing Act

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Nora is just beautiful! I love zoo animals. Very cool. Thanks for sharing! Have an amazing Blitz Day!

Heather M. Gardner said...

I love those lion pictures!

Bazinga! Happy blitz day!


Stacy McKitrick said...

L. Diane - My daughter likes Opus, too! Thanks for visiting.

Stephen - Yep, good family fun. Thanks for visiting!

Samantha - It was a fun day. Thanks for visiting.

S.A. - I picked a good day to show the pictures, huh? Thanks for visiting.

Heather - Ahhh, a Big Bang Theory fan. So's my hubby and daughter. Thanks for visiting!

AJ Lauer said...

Hah.. Those lions totally looked hung over :D
Happy Blitz Day!

Robyn Campbell said...

These pics are great. I think you had a most beautiful time. Happy Blitz Day! WOOHOOO. Sorry, I'm late to the party.

Suzanne Sapsed said...

I cannot remember the last time I went to a zoo - looks like you had a good day :) Happy blitz day! xx

The Happy Whisk said...

Haven't been since I don't know when.

Happy Weekend :-)

Spacer Guy said...

God bless the creatures they really are quite wonderful.

Mary Hill said...

Cute pics. I loved the funny one of the lion. I would have found it hard to resist too. Happy Blitz day

Mary Hill said...

Cute pics. I loved the funny one of the lion. I would have found it hard to resist too. Happy Blitz day

Stephanie Faris said...

Awww so precious!!! I love seeing the animals at the zoo, but the smell gets to me, especially in the summertime. Stinky animals smell even stinkier in 100-degree temperatures, it seems!

J Lenni Dorner said...

Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Nora is adorable. Polar bears are such rare beauties.
Have a great Blitz weekend!

Suzanne McClendon said...

I love zoos!

Why did the polar bear's mama stop caring for her?

Those lions are too funny. I love the big kitties. :)

I enjoyed your post and pictures. Have a blessed day!

Mason Canyon said...

Great photos. I'm a huge penguin fan myself. Happy Belated Blitz Day!!

Stacy McKitrick said...

AJ - Got so lucky to see them that way, didn't I? Thanks for visiting!

Robyn - Better late than never! :) Thanks for visiting.

Suzanne S. - Can't remember a zoo I didn't like, yet I don't go all that often. Thanks for visiting.

Ivy - You should go to one some day. They're fun!

Spacer Guy - I do enjoy watching them, but feel bad at the same time. Thanks for visiting.

Mary H. - Yeah, never knew lions could be so funny. Thanks for visiting.

Stephanie - I didn't really notice the smell so much. You'd think I would since it rained.

J Lennie - I'm glad I had something to share. It's rare, isn't it. Haha!

Suzanne M - I have no idea why the mother stopped caring. Zoo officials said it's lucky she cared for Nora for 5 days. If not, Nora might not have survived at all. Thanks for following!

Mason - Penguins are great. Even the hockey team. Haha! Thanks for visiting.

Trisha F said...

Happy belated Blitz day! I love this post - so many adorable photos!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Trisha - Glad you enjoyed the photos. And thanks for visiting! :)