This post is part of an ongoing series about Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, written (well, dictated – I did the typing) and photographed by my 8-year-old son, Alex.
Here are the parts you might have missed:
We are still at the Raptor Center. This is a Turkey Vulture. This Turkey Vulture is flying. It lives in North America and South America. A Turkey Vulture will eat anything dead on the ground, or if there’s a small mouse, they might go after it.
Remember when I said about the Tapirs – that it was one of the animals that I mostly wanted to see at this zoo? The Komodo Dragon was also one of them.
The Komodo Dragon has some weird kind of poison in his mouth. Its poison is different from the Gila Monster and the Mexican Beaded Lizard. It’s not venom, it’s more like a bacteria that comes from their spit, and if it bites a small creature, it’s dead. If it’s a big creature that it bites, it’ll take a few bites to kill it.
The Komodo Dragon is extremely fast, like maybe around twelve miles an hour. That’s pretty fast for a lizard. The Komodo Dragons can probably be like around ten feet or maybe bigger. A Komodo Dragon is very lazy and aggressive.
That’s it for the Komodo Dragons.
This is the last type of animal in that small building. The Meerkats. The Meerkats are one of the best diggers, so when there’s a giant bird of prey or any other enemy, they’ll just go in their hole and not be found. These two are looking cute and cuddly. And if a Meerkat gets stung by a scorpion, the scorpion venom will not hurt it. That’s why it’s easy for Meerkats to eat scorpions. Or, a little bit easy.
This picture came out a little bit blurry also. These three are all cuddled up in a ball. Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, snakes, small plants, and small birds. And probably more. Meerkats live in Africa.