Granby Zoo and Baby Invasions!

Granby Zoo has been around forever.  My first visit was when I was in Grade 2, 8 years old and thats 20 years ago (almost).  It was open before that.  Over the 20 years, I went a few years back as well with my boyfriend and till now, there have been a lot of changes. They’ve been getting a lot of new animals and setting up nice events.  Last summer’s highlights was their acquisition of red pandas. Now, if you’ve been following me since 2012, you might have read about my Hong Kong trip and my love for pandas, giant and red ones.  They both are mega adorable!

granby zoo entrance

Granby Zoo entrance

Back in February, Tuango had this deal on Granby Zoo and my boyfriend and I bought it.  This winter’s theme was Baby Invasions.  During certain times in the afternoons, the visitors would get to watch the feeding of these babies and learn a little bit.  There were obviously 3 very cute red panda babies, baby yaks, baby Amur Tigers and baby snow leopards.

Before we get to that, there were lots of animals to see. First up was the elephant and giraffe pens.

Granby Zoo Tutume

Elephant pen

And then as we walked around, we saw the Snowy Owl perched on the arm of one of the animators.

Granby Zoo Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

And we had Africa which was pretty much indoors and heated viewing huts.

Granby Zoo

Baboons

Granby Zoo

Python

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Hippo

This hippo was really hard to capture due my height so I had to stand on the kiddie steps and had my boyfriend keep me from falling.  I’m pretty happy to get a decent shot of it 🙂

Back outside, we saw little llamas walking around.

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Black and White Llamas

This is only a fraction of what I saw.  Some of those huts had pretty bad reflection and the pictures weren’t too good. Moving along to our highlight: Asia.  Why? Because thats where all the baby invasion animals were. Honestly, I only managed to catch the red pands really well. The others were all enjoying their naps.

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Baby Snow Leopards sleeping in their hut

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Adult Snow Leopard getting taunted by a visitor

 

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Baby Amur Tigers and parent napping

As for the yaks, I didn’t get a good shot as they were behind high fences.  But, I do have a whole lot of red pandas to offer 🙂

And then during feeding time, we realized that there was supposed to be four but mom was not there. Dad was though and he ate with the kids.

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Dad Coco and his kids eating

Can you tell which is dad, called Coco?

Yup! He’s the one with the nice fur.  Coco is 10 years old, which is actually approaching the last few years of a normal red panda’s life cycle which is usually 14 years in habitats, but he is in great health.  Plus, you also have to be very proud of him because apparently female red pandas are fertile one day in a year and he caught that day and had these little three panda cubs 😉

I took a million pictures of them.  Its a different feeling to be watching them in an actual outdoors habitat unlike in Hong Kong where its set indoors. I never knew they loved snow so much.  The cubs especially were running around in the snow and everything.  It was SO CUTE!!!

That was the only feeding we managed to catch because it was really cold and with my constant pulling my hands out to take pictures, it got even more chilly.  I am quite happy that I managed to end the day with some awesome maple taffy.

Granby Zoo

Maple Taffy

I’m guessing its a pretty Canadian thing so I don’t know how many people actually have tried it.  I totally love it! I usually try to have it once every year. This time was slightly messy, which was actually a somewhat funny story but things worked out and I did manage to eat it without getting frostbite on my hands 😉

That was my day! We couldn’t get to all the feedings sadly because we had to take care of a few things in the afternoon before the stores closed but it was really fun!

Do you like zoos? Which zoos are near where you live? 

Sunshine Award and WordPress Family Award (*2)

Okay! Yet again, I’m feeling extremely happy because I did receive these awards two times! Those awards being Sunshine Award and WordPress Family Award (as mentioned in the title)!

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First up, I want to apologize to Natasha at Film and Things for this award.  She’s an amazing blogger and she gave this to me A MONTH AGO! What happened? How did a month pass by? I have no idea but I should’ve responded to it earlier.  I’m REALLY REALLY happy that I got it and extremely grateful! Thanks to her so very much! She’s totally awesome! She just directed her first short film and put up the trailer.  So you definitely should head to her blog to check out that! Plus, she puts up really awesome reviews 🙂

The second time is from T at The Focused Filmographer! Thank you so much! I can’t remember when I first started following T but his blog is totally cool with  themed days of the week to look forward to: Movie News Monday, It’s Time to Vote Tuesday, Trailer Time Thursday, New Posters of the Week! Plus, he has a whole lot of reviews also! Amazing stuff right there! If you haven’t dropped by his blog, run on over and have some fun!

Accepting these awards always comes with rules of some sort.  Both these awards have similar rules except Sunshine Award has the 10 questions to answer 🙂 I will do it for both of them (provided they don’t have overlapping questions).

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Link to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
    (use these or come up with your own).
  • Nominate 10 bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs,
    letting them know they have been nominated.

Natasha’s questions

1) Favorite color?

My favorite colors changes to the seasons but I’m really drawn to a darker shade of purple (last few years). I love royal blue and in the summer, I really enjoy wearing a nice shade of green, something similar to a sea green and maybe coral!

2) Favorite animal?

I love cats: big cats like tigers!

tiger at st-felicien zoo

or little cats like my little girl, Flea!

My cat Flea

My cat Flea

Of course, I’d take Red Pandas and Giant Pandas any day also 🙂

Giant Panda in Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Giant Panda in Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Red Pandas in Ocean Park :)

Red Pandas in Ocean Park 🙂

 

3) Favorite number?

Can I not answer this? I like to choose numbers that are related so I’d say 3 is one of my best numbers 🙂

4) Favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Green Tea is my love! Green Tea is to everyone else’s coffee 😉 My fave has to be Get Fresh Green from Tealish!

Get Fresh Green by Tealish (from their site)

Get Fresh Green by Tealish (from their site)

But, I also love Teavana‘s Tranquil Dream herbal tea! (I guess you know one of the reasons why)

Tranquil Dream by Teavana (taken from their site)

Tranquil Dream by Teavana (taken from their site)

5) My passion?

My blog is my passion (everything I write about) but I’d say, baking is definitely my first passion.  Coming real close behind is music/movies/books.

Hamburger cupcakes!

Hamburger cupcakes! My most proud baked goods!

Shortbread hearts :)

Shortbread hearts 🙂

I’m actually starting to become really passionate about writing also! 🙂

6) Prefer getting or giving presents?

Giving thoughtful gifts 🙂 I have one in the making right now! I do that, plan and put together memorable gifts for months in advance!

7) Favorite day of the week?

Saturday is definitely my fave! No one to kick me out of bed and I get to relax in my room doing whatever I want.  Wednesdays/Thursdays are my fave once in a week when I have my chiro appointment because my back and neck feels all new and refreshed afterwards…

8) Favorite flower?

DAFFODILS!

Daffodils

Daffodils

 

Lavenders! Oh and this applies to the fave color ;)

Lavenders! Oh and this applies to the fave color 😉

T’s questions (overlapped 7 questions with Natasha’s so let’s continue! )

9) Favorite actor (who’s not a household name yet)?

I think Ian Somerhalder counts.  Love the guy! He’s hot and has this mysterious charm.

ian somerhalder

10) Favorite food?

My mom’s purple sweet potato sweet soup with glutinous rice balls 🙂 YUMMY!

Purple sweet potato sweet soup :)

Purple sweet potato sweet soup 🙂

OR ANYTHING with chicken! (except spicy dishes)!

Chicken!

Chicken!

11) Favorite soundtrack?

This is going to be hard! Moulin Rouge is really high on the list! Joe Hisaishi music is way up there also!

moulin rouge soundtrack

These days, my boyfriend introduced me to a PS3 game Sleeping Dogs soundtrack and I really love the chinese rap, 24 Herbs.

Whew! Finally done that! That took me a long time, especially finding all the pictures digging in archives and searching up…

Now we’re on the extremely hard part, the 10 nominations 🙂 I may have got this 2 times but I’m going with the rules.

Jack Flacco

MKG-Memories-Keepsakes-Gifts

Jelliefishie

The IPC

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Rarasaur

The Matticus Kingdom

Joe’s Musings

Filmhipster

Parlor of Horror

Don’t feel the obligation to do anything with this 🙂 If you do feel the obligation you can pick any of the 10 questions on the top! I’d love to hear your answers, even if you want to do it in the comments, I’m all good with that!

Huge gigantic THANKS to Natasha and T 🙂 You both are awesome!!!

Happy Wednesday! 🙂

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Its really simple. I’m a simple person. When we talk about being thankful, I’m thankful for just being alive and having what I have now.

I’m thankful to be happy everyday and to be able to enjoy the small joys of life.

I’m thankful to be surrounded by family and close friends and boyfriend that stay supportive of me.  Thankful to be able to see my family this time in Hong Kong especially both my grandmothers. One of them you have seen in the A Word A Week Challenge for Love a few weeks ago.  You can click HERE.   to see it.

 

 

 

I’m thankful also for having the chances to see the world and travel close and far away and seeing the beauties of this world.

I have so much more to be thankful for that I can’t show here.

In honor of all this, I have been showing my thanks for the past month since Canadian Thanksgiving or somewhere around there.  I am thankful to all that drop by my blog.  Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoyed