Crowds were thin at Australia Zoo on one of the hottest days this summer. My friend and I wandered the site, keeping to the shade when we could, then out in the open, forgetting the time, in awe, marvelling at the uniqueness of those beautiful creatures.
I couldn’t help thinking they might be lonely in their enclosures, even if there were two or three of them there … with all this strange country around them. I couldn’t help imagining how I would feel if I was them? Surely they would miss their herd?
How would you be? Perhaps … as coy as a young giraffe … [ A herd of giraffes]
… as stoic as a dusty rhinoceros … [A crash of rhinoceroses]
… as eager as a captive wedge-tail … [A convocation of eagles]
… as patient as a basking alligator … [A congregation of alligators]
… as content as a well-fed cheetah … [A coalition of cheetahs]
… or as enthusiastic as a litter of hungry piglets?
… as gregarious as a grazing zebra … [ A zeal of zebras]
… as flamboyant as a cooling cassowary … [ A dash of cassowaries]
…. or just as bored as a magnificent tiger? [An ambush of tigers]
All text and photos by Meg
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