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Cow skulls and real cows, on the same day…

I took my boys to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park yesterday. Since it was Mother’s Day, I got to pick what I wanted to do for my special day and this was an easy choice. We got to see lots of animals, breathe in some fresh air and enjoy good weather, cool in the morning, then sunny but not too hot.

During our visit we took a path we don’t take very often called the African Loop. One of the first exhibits on the path is a whole bunch of vultures. And nothing says vultures like carcasses, in this case a cow / Cape buffalo skull.

Cow skull at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Cow skull at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

As the path continued, we approached the entrance of the Heart of Africa. And nothing says Africa (actually, Africa drought) better than not one, but two cow skulls (again, Cape buffalo). Cow skulls at the entrance of Heart of Africa at the San Diego Safari Park

On our way back, I spotted something on the side of the road. Fortunately I got the red light so I managed to use my cell phone and take a photo of a whole bunch of REAL cows grazing right by the side of the road. Now that’s something I don’t get to see every day!

Cows grazing in Escondido, CA

I didn’t see just one real cow, but two of them

Actually I saw a whole bunch of cows yesterday when I drove with my boys to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We saw our first herd as we took our last turn before reaching the park. They were happily grazing and enjoying a beautiful sunny morning. I wasn’t expecting to see any cows on our way so I didn’t have my regular camera or my cell phone camera ready. Sorry, no photos of these cows for you…

After spending most of the day at the Safari Park in the company of  a few other thousand tourists visiting San Diego for Spring break, we got back in the car and started our drive home. Just a few minutes into it, I spotted more animals in a field on the side of the road. It was a whole herd of goats this time, with their shepherd walking behind (should he be called a goatherd?). Sorry, no pictures of goats either. And behind him, I spotted two cows. The kids missed the cows when we drove by, so I turned around and drove by again, more slowly this time so they could see them and I could try to take a picture. It’s not the best shot but you’ll still be able to see one Holstein cow and one black one in the tall grass. They were just quietly walking behind the man. I’m impressed!

Cows walking in a field

Cows walking in a field

It’s not every day I see real cows but yesterday I saw a whole bunch. Quite a special day…

Holy cow, check out these horns

I’ve featured the Angola cow on this blog before but it was in 2011 and you may have missed it the first time. I took my kids to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this morning and we enjoyed a beautiful sunny and warm day, breathing fresh air and spotting lots of animals.

While on the 30-minute tram tour, we saw a lot of African and Asian animals, including several babies (’tis the season). We first spotted an Angola cow down in the valley but it was too far for my cell phone camera and my good camera was buried in my backpack. Later we got to see Angola cows a lot closer and I managed to take a few pictures.

Angola cow at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Angola cow at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I wouldn’t get close to this bovine but the deer on the left doesn’t seem too worried. They must have some kind of deal going on…

Here’s another Angola cow so you can see the giant horns.

Angola cow at the San Diego Safari Park

Angola cow at the San Diego Safari Park

I understand the set of horns can be up to eight feet wide. I wouldn’t want to be the zookeeper taking care of scooping up this enclosure, would you?

More cow creamers, please

Since we’re slowly recovering from our stomach bug attack (the kids are faring better than me), we decided to take my mom out to breathe some San Diego fresh air at the San Diego Zoo this morning. It was a nice day to go. Some winter holiday tourists joined us, but not that many. The weather was cool but not too cool and it felt perfect in the sun. The animals were out and about and we didn’t have to look too hard to spot them.

On our way out, we stopped by the gift shop to browse the zoo’s new offerings. If you’ve had little ones, you know they have to look at every single shelf in the store before they can leave. That gave me the opportunity to find these cute cow creamers:

Cow creamers at the San Diego Zoo

Cow creamers at the San Diego Zoo

 I like these cow creamers but of course I’d never buy them because of my clumsiness. Out of all the cow creamers I’ve seen this year, I think these cow creamers from Target are the best looking ones.

Do you have a cow shaped creamer at your house?