It’s all happening at the zoo… or El Rancho

Another surprise and hidden gem to visit in Malabo.  You can walk with a monkey, feed other animals, take riding lessons, have a lunch or just watch others hanging out.  Very beautiful place and super friendly as well. We were the only ones there so were able to practice good social distancing.  It’s funny how just watching some animals and a little bit of nature can make you feel so much better.  I hope you enjoy.

“We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston

PSA – Animals are wild.

Just finished a little trip to Cape Town. Wining and dining with a significant amount of walking, talking, visiting people and animals alike.

Saw penguins in abundance and dang are they as cute in person as they ever were on Wild Kingdom!!

Saw chickens.

Saw a couple donkeys.

AND Saw seals as well.  At first was super disappointed because I couldn’t get a good view of them in the water.

Then suddenly one of my friends said, “Hey, the seals are back on the cement behind the restaurant!”

I immediately jump up and run back to where the seal is.  I’m a super cautious person and I know not to get too close to wild animals. So I peek around the corner of the building and there he is.. a passive seal, laying like a giant oil spill behind the fish delivery truck.


I snap a couple pictures of the lazy seal and start to walk back to our table.  Then lo and behold…on the other side of the lazy seal is a beautiful massive seal sunning on the rocks behind the delivery truck.

I carefully walk past lazy seal who does not even bat an eye.  I get some amazing pictures and now contented, decide to return to my table.

As I turn around, lazy seal is now standing tall on his flippers just staring at me.  Still on the other end of the delivery truck but standing up..and as tall as I am..and just staring at me!!  This photo does NOT do this seal justice!

I realize now there were a multitude of options I could have taken but at the time there was really only one option in my vision.

That option was to return the way I came. His back was too me and if I move slowly.. no loud sounds .. I’d be ok. I mean, he was super nice when I passed him the first time.. what could go wrong.

I slowly approached him (did not cross my mind this might cause an animal to think I was stalking IT!). I get directly to his backside as he is eyeing me over his shoulder.  Suddenly he leaps in the air and rotates to face me (WHO KNEW SEALS COULD LEAP!!!) and barks. His bark may or may not have been worse than his bite but I will never know.

I have experienced fear in my life and even thought I had known terror a time or two.  I was wrong. This day.. with this seal.. I felt for the very first time.. sheer, blind-white terror.  I remember some of the details, but many were restated and even re-enacted by my friends who were with me.

I screamed..  I ran.. I ran blindly.. I fell.. I fell with abandon.. I think I was still running and screaming.. even from a horizontal position.

I finally stood up. Seal was forgotten and apparently gone.  My hands were bleeding.. my shoulder was bleeding.. my forehead was bleeding.  My ring finger on my left hand was no longer aligned top to bottom.  I still felt no pain.  I was fixated on my finger and the random position it was in.

A friend’s friend’s son was like, “That don’t look right!”  I looked at his dad and flatly said, “Put it back.”  He asked, “Uh, what?”  Me: “Put IT back where it was… MY FINGER.. JUST PUT IT back.” He asked if I was sure.. according to others I said yes. He did. I am whole..a little more learned.. and healing nicely I think.

public service announcement: DO NOT PLAY WITH WILD ANIMALS

*no matter how docile they appear!

I wanna be like u…

Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey. ~~Malcolm de Chazal


Dogs are my favorite pet. However, monkeys are my favorite animal.  There is something so whimsical, intelligent and just plain intimidating about them.  During a recent visit to Pashupati in Kathmandu, I could NOT stop taking photos of them.

Contrary to general belief, humans imitate apes more than the reverse. The sight of monkeys or apes induces an irresistible urge in people to jump up and down, exaggeratedly scratch themselves and holler in a way that must make the primates wonder how this otherwise so intelligent species has come to depend on such inferior means of communication. ~~Frans de Waal

So like humans and yet so different.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.  ~~Stephen Hawking

I hope you enjoy these photos.

Other Animal’s in Blog though Cee’s Photo Challenge Animals

  1. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature Animals | Edge of the Forest
  2. Living with my Ancestors
  3. Now at Home
  4. A Cat’s Artistic Endeavours
  5. Linsdoodles
  6. Conversations around the Tree
  7. Arl’s World
  8. Whimsical wildlife
  9. VMtranblog
  10. Duck in the tree
  11. SnowPartridge
  12. Leya
  13. Irina’s Poetry Corner
  14. Forlorn Furry Friends
  15. Nature Animals | ArtKorppi
  16. Animals | Compass Photography
  17. Animals | Across the Bored
  18. Alaskan Orca | Jaspa’s Journal
  19. Animals | Un paseo por Buenos Aires…
  20. Nature – birds | paintedwords
  21. Nature-Animals | WoollyMuses

Animals on a Hash

Last photos on this particular hash.  In less than two hours we saw dogs, goats, chickens, water buffalo and a rooster we were all convinced thought he was a vulture.  I hope you enjoy.

Crazy animals.. love these

  1. A cat
  2. A dog/Threads and ties
  3. My dogablog
  4. Kitty love
  5. Horses
  6. Deer
  7. Little Snoopy
  8. Ducklings
  9. Eagle
  10. Birds
  11. Padapus
  12. Fish
  13. Horsey
  14. Catty
  15. Sheep
  16. Birds on water

Naughty Doggies on A Hash

In this week’s photo challenge, capture an image that tells a full story in a single frame.  Dogs will be dogs…


What could have happened?  I’ll give you some hints.. just minutes before…


No worries.. in the end it was sorted out and no goats were injured.

Other posts I liked..

  1. Close encounters of the animal kind
  2. Nature of living
  3. Journeyman
  4. Why? Matters
  5. Waiting
  6. Just a piece of Africa
  7. Several Stories
  8. Living loving and laughing
  9. Magic of Childhood
  10. Ohm Sweet Ohm
  11. Tvor Travels
  12. Middleton road
  13. A Snapshot of India
  14. Schelley Cassidy
  15. Roving Bess
  16. Detour as a shortcut