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Published: June 16th 2006
Saturday - 25th March, 2006
Day 4 of our worldwide adventures…
Today we decided to visit the KL Zoo. We walked into town where we had to catch the bus and boarded the bus on our way. The bus trip gave us another view of the city we had not seen, this time it was a view of the lower class living and working areas. With more road side food stalls and shops. We watched the different suburbs go past as we both secretly hoped this zoo was worth the bus ride. Roger was sceptical that it might be a small tin shed in someone’s back yard with a few chickens. But we ventured on our way, to arrive at what looked like a proper zoo. We walked in the car park gates to get swamped again by taxi drivers, dumb enough to not realise we were in fact arriving and not leaving and did not need a taxi. We lined up, got our tickets and map and started our adventures. Firstly we started off with the giraffes , we were amazed at how little of an enclosure they had, and in terms of we could get so close to them. We took photos
of these beautiful animals and moved on to the elephants. Again we were so close to them and they were obviously very used to humans as the paraded for us and stood up on their stumps without a keeper present, just showing off for us . From here we moved on to the bird enclosure… they had really odd looking birds there, but not all that interesting. Sorry birds! From there we saw other animals such as deers, cows et cetera. Then all excited we headed for the monkey section of the zoo. On our way we got distracted by a camel who was so close to the enclosure fence that we could touch his face. We walked up to him, among the small children and wait our turn to get close to him. Once the kids had had enough of him, I managed to get so close to him I could nearly kiss him , but being afraid that he would spit on me, I kept my distance. Then Roger and I swapped and he got real close to him, being able to pat his nose for a photo opportunity. After this the camel got sick of
us and decided to go and flop on a grassy patch in the sun. We watched for a moment and headed back towards the monkey enclosures. When we finally got there, we saw two orangitans , who again were very people friendly and put their arm out when they saw people with food. They were so cute, but unfortunately too far away to touch. From here we made our way around the rest of the zoo , seeing bears, otters, buffalo et cetera et cetera . Nearly at the end of our walk, we stumbled among smaller monkeys in cages, and they were so adorable, oh I just wanted to cuddle them! We stood watching them for a while, then out of the corner of my eye, I saw a monkey who didn’t look like he was inside the cage. I walked along the footpath a little and noticed that there was a gap between the two enclosures about half a metre wide. The enclosures were big steel cubed cages with this gap in between. But this monkey was in between the two enclosures just hanging on the wall. He was free to the world and the other monkeys
on the inside were very well aware of this as they all gave him attention, trying to free themselves also. I watched in amazement as this monkey was free and just sitting there. I was secretly hoping he would come towards me so I could catch him, but it wasn’t so. I alerted a zoo keeper, who didn’t seem to speak English, or care for that matter and he just went on his way. Roger, sick of watching these monkeys headed off and I wanted to follow but also wanted to watch this free monkey. I eventually walked off and looked at the next enclosures. It was here that we discovered these huge fish, they were enormous. Apparently they were fresh water fish from South America and not fully grown, these one were about 1.5 metres long and at full length they can grow to 4 metres long. They were amazing.
By this stage, we were stuffed and walking had yet again gotten to us, so we sat on some steps to recover whilst watching these giants of the water. After we had rested, we decided we had seen enough and made our way out of the zoo . By
this time, nature was calling for me and I had to experience another Malaysian toilet. I walked into the public toilets, and into a cubical to find much to my relief a normal toilet, but later realising, they don’t supply toilet paper… but instead a hose to flush yourself. Completely eeked out, I walked out feeling worse than I waked in - not that you needed to know that!
We made our way through the taxi drivers, and to the bus stop, being stalked by a taxi man who insisted we take us where we needed to go. And we discovered the only way to be free from these people was to completely ignore them, it felt terrible to brush them off and not even give them the time of day, I felt like such a snob, but it was the only solution. They drive you crazy. We caught the bus back into town, and managed to find out way back to our hotel before collapsing on the bed.
p.s. there are not many photos for these entries as we only had one camera battery at this stage and the camera went flat!
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