May 22, 2009
Birds of a feather give kids a treat at Zoo's aviary
The official, vine-cutting, speechifying grand opening of the Zoo's new Norco Manufacturing Corp. Aviary is at 10 a.m. Saturday, but that didn't stop the early birds (owww, couldn't resist) kids from enjoying it today -- and proving immediately that this will be one of the zoo's top attractions.
An open air bird cage, big enough for hundreds of colorful Budgies and scores of kids all at once, the aviary allows visitors to get up close and personal with the birds: you can feed, them, hold them, stand perfectly still as they fly around you. We're not exactly sure how much the birds enjoyed all the attention, but it was clear that the kids did -- as they held their feeding sticks aloft hoping to attract, say, a hungry cockatiel.
Parents will enjoy the experience as well, especially if they bring a camera and plenty of film -- er, digital space on the memory card. Below, just a few of the pictures we snapped -- and none of these were our kids, either!