I'll end the "petting zoo" series with these two other babies... a baby llama and baby camel... sooo cute!
This young zebra still had his 'baby' hair! It was hard to get a good shot of him as he was prancing around so much! :)
As with any petting zoo there were those who were rather reserved and stand-off-ish... :)
While visiting the petting zoo in Virginia we came across a piglet and a lamb in the same pen! The piglet's tail moved non-stop and it made the cutest squeaks and squeals. His quiet lamb friend was very accommodating... :)
While driving into my local grocery store's parking lot on Saturday it was impossible to miss the Cheerios race car! It rumbled around the parking lot for a spin or two before being hoisted away. Boy, was it LOUD! I don't know that much about race cars, but my husband is a car lover, and I'm learning. I was able to get this shot of it as it was being hoisted onto it's travel truck. For more info on the Cheerios race car... click here.
We also visited a petting zoo while in VA. Here are some of the cute creatures we met!
More photos while on vacation... Evan and friends at a Raptor Hill Falconer's Wildlife Sanctuary presentation with OBIE, the very cute barn owl. The detail on his feathers was breathtaking!
Interesting Facts about Barn Owls: The barn owl has exceptionally keen hearing and eyesight, making it a very effective hunter. It can see during the day, but its relatively small eyes (for an owl) are directed forward and are better adapted for night vision. The ears are asymmetrical; one is level with the nostril and the other is higher, nearer the forehead. They are covered with feathered flaps that close for loud noises and open for soft sounds. The barn owl's hearing is so sharp that it can easily hunt for voles and shrews, which are often concealed from view as they travel in runways beneath the grass. A family of 2 adults and 6 young may consume over 1,000 rodents during the 3-month nesting period.
Barn owls make a wide variety of sounds. The most common adult sounds are alarm shrieks, conversational calls (shorter, less intense shrieks), and a rapid squeaking or ticking, which is associated with the pair. The rasping, food-begging call of the young can be heard almost continuously from soon after sunset until just before sunrise. The young also hiss and bill-click when disturbed.
While perched, the barn owl has a habit of lowering its head and swaying from side to side. The bird sleeps so soundly during the day that it is difficult to wake it up until darkness arrives.
Other names for the barn owl are golden owl, white owl, monkey-faced owl and white-breasted barn owl.
While on vacation in VA, we attended this really cool raptor presentation by Jennifer Westhoff of the Raptor Hill Falconer's Wildlife Sanctuary. Here's Evan holding the lanner falcon, Lily.
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