Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Visit To A Swedish Animal Park -- Part Two



Welcome to Ninny, a new follower of my blog. 

As Inga and I walked around, we came upon a large meadow with an animal population straight from the African savannah.


I saw Swedish pine trees, tall and slender, in the background, but look who lives here: Rhinos, wildebeest, giraffes and antelope…all together in this large area. 


Soon the herd of rhinos started on a walkabout, around the pond.


As they approached, the antelope started to move away, except for one who was butting horns with a wildebeest. I was very pleased with myself to have captured that action with my camera.


Here's a giraffe off by itself at the other end of the large field.


This animal park also has a drive-through part where animals are separated, as appropriate, in large natural enclosures. Here she is, the moose, symbol of Sweden, resting right by the road where the cars go by, seemingly taking it all in stride.


It was my lucky day -- well, of course it was my birthday, and look who decided to stroll on by: A Swedish brown bear!   


Not only that, the bear decided to cross the road right in front of our car. That was a lot of fun for me to experience.


In the next enclosure, we came upon some giraffes taking a rest in the Swedish forest and a buffalo looking not too pleased to see us driving by.


The lions were wonderful, playful, rolling around in the tall grass. I was so enthralled, that I managed to mess up all the pictures I took of them.


But I'm posting them anyway. Hope you can get an idea of how much fun it was to watch them having a good time.


I don't know if you can see them, but lined up against the fence are about five lion cubs and they were the cutest of all in this animal park.
Let me end this visit in the Swedish forest. Can't you almost see a troll coming out of the woods? All the little bushes you see, growing close to the ground, are blueberries. I just had to take a picture.

A wonderful day, with a good friend, who every time I come to Stockholm gives me a place to sleep and, with her sister, always makes sure I have the best of times there. Thank you Inga and Christina for all you do for me when I come to Stockholm.


A report on my healing progress: After two weeks, the pain is much, much better. Yesterday, I had a very upset stomach and a splitting headache – so I took no pain meds at all. Today, I woke up to a glorious morning in the canyon and I know that I'm on my way to feeling better.

Thank you so much my wonderful friends for all your support. It means the world to me.

6 comments:

  1. All I can say is WOW! I have been to zoos, but never ever saw the lions playing! Usually the animals are pacing or just laying there looking at you. What a treat! Thanks so much for sharing and such beautiful pictures!

    Not real fond of bears though..... they scare me worse than anything. :)

    So glad you are feeling better!!! Yep, sometimes the medication is worse than the ill.

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  2. You know, the company that I used to work for -- Getinge -- is Swedish. All of my co-workers who went to Sweden for training came back full of amazement at the beauty of Sweden.

    Now, you add that beauty, to the magnificence of the animals you saw at the Animal Park, and you really have something special.

    I'm so glad that you're feeling better. Fingers crossed that you continue to recover at a rapid rate.

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  3. The zoo there is, well, doesn't look like a zoo at all. No concrete, no cement walls, just all natural looking. What a great zoo! The rest of the zoo's should take note!
    Happy to hear you are feeling better. It only takes a moment to get injured, but seems like forever to heal.

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  4. Now that is an animal park!!! So diverse. I didn't know that the Moose was the symbol of Sweden....there are Moose in my province of Nova Scotia and in the province of Newfoundland where they can be a real hazard on the highways.
    Continued recovery for you......

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  5. When I saw the moose and the bears I thought you took a trip to Canada. :)

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  6. Beautiful Photos or a great day in the "wilderness". Great that you have them to love and cherish... Feel better soon, you're doing great posting these while you recover.

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