Saturday, August 8, 2015
Talking to the animals
We've been visiting our town's free tourist attractions with our out of town guests. These photos were taken at Grant's Farm. Ulysses S. Grant's cabin remains on the site of the Anheuser-Busch estate, which is now an animal compound. Visitors ride a tram through the park and view wild animals. There is a mini zoo with huge tortoises and these gorgeous birds that can outlive their owners. An ounce of milk in a baby bottle costs a dollar, but imagine how much fun it is to go into the goat enclosure and feed baby goats from a bottle. The baby goat I fed, chewed the nibble right off.
There were animal shows and bird performances...all free.
The camels were at the fence begging for food pellets, which can be purchased from a dispenser for a quarter. As you can see, this Dromedary was opening her mouth and waiting for someone to toss her one. She was a great catch, too. Look at that pellet at her top lip.
About ten years ago, I took my grandson here, and as he stood at the fence holding his soda cup, the camel reached over the fence, snatched the cup, turned it up and emptied the Mountain Dew into its mouth, then discarded the cup at Austin's feet. It happened so quickly, we just looked at each other and laughed all the way home.
Do you visit your town's tourist attractions? We have so many free places to visit: the Science Center; a world class zoo; Suson Farm, a park with stocked fishing lakes and barnyard animals; Art Museum, Muny Opera which is an outdoor theater; History Museum; Ralston Purina Farm with animals, cats and dogs; the Botanical Gardens had free admission two days a week, and we have so many parks offering free concerts, and outdoor movie viewing after dark. Our taxes pay for most of these.