Our house is a bit of a zoo, but that wasn’t enough…

We went for a cold day at the zoo today. Michael’s sister and Lake’s Ketchikan cousins are down in the lower 48 for the Twelve Days of Christmas. So we met up with Grandma Julie and the Ketchikaners at the zoo and zooed about in the winters’ sunshine for a good bit. Until we got good and arctic. Fun, but… Brrrr. 

Grandma Julie joy

Today’s highlights were definitely the cold weather accustomed animals such as the snow leopard and the penguins. They were quite at home with the sub zero weather and lolling and strolling about respectively as if it were just another fantastic day in the life. Turns out they might be on to something. 

Chilling with the chilliest

We especially enjoyed the birds. 


The WillaWong Station bird enclosure contains an entire rave party:

70 Cockatiels

58 Budgerigars (Budgies)

1 Bourke parakeet 

4 Eastern Rosellas

2 princess parrots 

…and a Partridge in a Pear Tree (okay pictured is a Kookaburra)

We even witnessed two cockatiels actively working on increasing their count. Oh my!


Plus, it was a smidge warmer in there. And the Ketchikan cousins could actively engage in feeding the budgies. Such a festive Twelve Days of Christmas Sunday activity, going to the zoo, that. And lovely to convene back at home for a warming curry dinner at our new home, new table. 

A perfect day, really. I’m glad I spent it with you all. Lake is too!

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