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Red River Zoo [Feb. 13th, 2012|02:04 pm]
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Every summer, I stop by the Red River Zoo and take shots that they use in their marketing for the next year. This year, due to my move to Minnesota, processing those photos took a LOT longer than usual and I just finished this weekend. The set is here.



Pallas Cat WLD_8456
Pallas Cat - There was a ground squirrel in there. Much excitement.

Pallas Cat WLD_7563
Pallas Cat - There was a birdie up there. Much excitement.

Pallas Cat WLD_7566
Pallas Cat - There was a photographer out there. Meh.

Slender Tailed Meerkat WLD_7076
Slender Tailed Meerkat - Just 'cause they have slender tails doesn't mean that they're not tubby.

Slender Tailed Meerkat WLD_7107
Slender Tailed Meerkat - Remember, when choosing a partner, it is very important to find someone that supports you.

Slender Tailed Meerkat WLD_7116
Slender Tailed Meerkat - Love. This is what it looks like.
(You know, if you're a flexible mongoose with an ADHD problem.)

Tanuki WLD_8378
Tanuki - Yep. I got me a tanuki tongue. Bet you're jealous.

Red Panda WLD_7263
Red Panda - I also got a red panda tongue!

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When being chased like this, water is the only safe place. Rocks can't swim.
(Well, OK, most rocks can't.)

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Mmmm, venison.

Russian Red Squirrel WLD_7641
Russian Red Squirrel - Based on their colour, you call tell that they taste like dreamsicles.

Russian Red Squirrel WLD_7649
Russian Red Squirrel - Mmm, corn.

Black Tailed Prairie Dog WLD_8217
Black Tailed Prairie Dog - Bless you, my son.

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The little fuzzy rocks are actually ducks.

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It took this little guy hours to fill the pond one drop a time from his bill.

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Silly birdie, Kix are for trids.

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Nothing clever to say here. I just really like what the water did to the pupil.

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Anchors away!

Blanding's Turtle WLD_6934
Blanding's Turtle - Can you believe that this guy gets a whole turtle to himself?

Wolf WLD_7782
Wolf - Did you know that bats and wolves are both mammals?

Amazon Milk Treefrog WLD_6971
Amazon Milk Treefrog - Moss only grows on the North side of the frog.

Llama WLD_7158
Llama - This is what the people on the other side of the phone look like when you explain that security is not point-in-time, but requires good operations and thought to succeed.
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[User Picture]From: maiac
2012-02-13 08:09 pm (UTC)

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Awesomeness!

The meerkat photos made me laugh out loud.

And now I wish we had Pallas Cats at the Detroit Zoo.
[User Picture]From: guppiecat
2012-02-13 08:13 pm (UTC)

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You are welcome to join me in Fargo for a photoshoot. :)
[User Picture]From: realmjit
2012-02-13 10:37 pm (UTC)

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We had one at Potter Park, but it ate a ball and died.
[User Picture]From: dd_b
2012-02-13 08:10 pm (UTC)

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Mongoose with ADHD! Tanuki tongue! Venison!

And I may have spoken to that Llama at some point; the expression looks kinda familiar.

I don't think the first Pallas Cat one stands up to the rest of the set; the face is too shadowed and obscured to work well for me (though you need it for the sequence of captions).
[User Picture]From: guppiecat
2012-02-13 08:12 pm (UTC)

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No. I got some photos of the Pallas Cat chasing the ground squirrel, but because of high contrast shadowing and the fact that cats are fast, they're mostly good at reminding me how awesome it was, but are not awesome in of themselves.
[User Picture]From: karenkay
2012-02-13 08:14 pm (UTC)

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I haven't got through all the photos, but I just wanted to let you know that the meerkats sitting on each other made me literally LOL. I love your photos.
[User Picture]From: guppiecat
2012-02-13 10:13 pm (UTC)

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There are some nice meerkat photos hiding in that set.

Once I have time to start making my illustrated books, the meerkats should be great. Unlike prairie dogs, which constantly perform Shakespeare, meerkats do Marlowe.
[User Picture]From: maiac
2012-02-13 11:46 pm (UTC)

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"Unlike prairie dogs, which constantly perform Shakespeare, meerkats do Marlowe."

I love this metaphor.
[User Picture]From: karenkay
2012-02-13 11:48 pm (UTC)

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Yes!
[User Picture]From: mplsfish
2012-02-13 08:18 pm (UTC)

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I went to the whole set and I think the pallas cat tongue should go in the tongue set.

I didn't have time (or rather, attention span) to actually look at the whole set, but I will go back later and do that.
[User Picture]From: guppiecat
2012-02-13 10:14 pm (UTC)

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At some point, I'll make a whole tongue set from many different zoos.
[User Picture]From: trishtrash
2012-02-13 08:24 pm (UTC)

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Slender Tailed Meerkat - Just 'cause they have slender tails doesn't mean that they're not tubby.

Argh, I did a thing with water and my nose that my nose wasn't made for.

I think the second & third pallas cat shots are the best photos, but I love the red panda tongue and the roly wolf is actually my favourite because you can't see anything but legs :)
[User Picture]From: guppiecat
2012-02-13 10:14 pm (UTC)

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The novice zookeepers aren't always sure which way to plant the wolves.
[User Picture]From: barondave
2012-02-13 08:40 pm (UTC)

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Spectacular as always!

I think the two pallas cat ones are my favorites (by a little) because you captured their expressions. The llama is very glad he's not on Facebook.
[User Picture]From: hrrunka
2012-02-13 09:17 pm (UTC)

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Excellent!
[User Picture]From: mle292
2012-02-13 09:32 pm (UTC)

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Lots of really great photos!
[User Picture]From: beki
2012-02-14 02:29 am (UTC)

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It's nice to know that you have panda and tanuki tongues. I do hope you will give them back. They will need them at some point. Just sayin' :)