Saturday, March 17, 2007

Today I Touched An Alligator



You may not know this about me, but I really like to touch wildlife. I have some kind of running inner list of all the things I've touched and today I added several entries: hedgehog, ball python and baby alligator!

Today Animal Planet came to our local Time Warner Cable store with an white bengal tiger, a baby black bear, a small bobcat type thing that I forget the name of, an alligator, hedgehog, skunk, ball python and tarantula. I did not touch the tarantula. I don't know if I'm sorry about that or not.

Last summer, we went with our friends Tom and Christa to the Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, which seems dumb but is totally NOT. It is a really cool aquarium. And they had a touch tank where you could touch rays, just like all aquariums. And I touched the rays and it was cool. They feel like velvet. And then a baby hammerhead shark swam up. I didn't know whether or not I was supposed to touch the shark, so I didn't. Then I found out that I was TOTALLY allowed to touch that shark and I waited and waited for it to come back and it never did. I'm very sad that I had the opportunity to touch a hammerhead shark and did not.

I did once ride an elephant. It was an old, sad elephant at a renaissance fair who had a rug on his back and walked in a circle, but I rode him nonetheless and I'm very glad that I can always say I rode an elephant.

10 comments:

Andrea Q. said...

Brave Megs. Those things scare the crap out of me.

velocibadgergirl said...

Sisterhood strikes again! I love love love touching animals, too!

MB and I went to the Ripley's aquarium in Gatlinburg while on our honeymoon, and I was over the moon. They had a tank where you could pick up horseshoe crabs, so of course I did.

I was all, "MB, look! I'm holding a living fossil! Want to hold one?" And he was all, "No, that's okay. Maybe you should wash your hands."

Then, at the end, I went apeshit over the Touch-a-Ray Bay (they DO feel just like velvet!), and again I said, "MB, this is awesome! You should touch one!" And he was REALLY insistent that I wash my hands, so I figured out that he was all squicked out by aquatic animal germs, so--being a mature and loving wife--I chased him around waving my hands at him for a few minutes.

Amanda said...

i rode an elephant at the zoo once when i was little. it was all right, kinda cool, not a big deal. then my sister went to Thailand last year. she told me she got to ride an elephant. i was like "yeah, whatever, i rode an elephant once." then she showed me pictures. she did not ride the elephant in a circle at some fair. she rode the elephant THROUGH THE JUNGLE and INTO A RIVER and furthermore the elephant she was riding had a BABY ELEPHANT which was sort of leashed to them and tagging along at all times.

yeah. so i rode an elephant once, but it was totally lame by comparison. :-p

Slater said...

"You, sir, slow down with that hedgehog, before we tackle you!!!"

mendacious said...

i am sO jealous. i did have a thought to jump in the water to see if the dolphins would save me but the water did look really cold... but really i do want to pet a whale... and maybe a tiger.

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