We silently entered the hut leading to the Crocodile’s lair. Once inside, we saw a brave man casually handling a yellow python as shown by the pix below. For a fee, we were able to have our pictures taken with the snake wrapped around us.
Aside from the snake, there is also a baby crocodile which is also being handled by the same man. The baby croc’s mouth was taped shut so that it woudn’t be able to bite off the tourists as they have their pictures taken while carrying it. Look at those menacing eyes. I guess it’s not happy to have its mouth taped off.
Finally, we beheld the stars of the show — the big crocodiles. We noticed that some of the crocodiles were very still with their mouths wide open. The zookeepers told us that it was their way of releasing heat since they don’t sweat. Interesting bit of trivia there. In addition, for P80 only, you could feed the croc a dead chicken. We got curious so we tried it. The zookeeper tied the chicken with a rope while we held the other end. Slowly, we lowered the chicken. Even before the chicken hit the water, the croc jumped up and snatched the chicken with its powerful jaws. It was action-packed but a bit too barbaric for our taste.
Finally, we’ve completed our tour of Animal Island and on our way out, I took a picture of the big gates and I could not help but be reminded of the movie King Kong:
Thus ended our wonderful and very interesting tour of Animal Island and of Island Cove itself. After having our afternoon snacks and a quick rest, we finally boarded the bus back to Manila.
On our next stop, we were greeted by another big, flightless bird which is more accomodating (and sometimes too accomodating) than the proud cassowary — the ostrich. The funny thing about the ostrich is that they are not afraid of people. When the ostrich notices that you are taking its picture then without warning it would look straight into your lens, open its big beak and would suddenly lunge towards you in an attempt to bite your camera. This happened to me not a few times.
Enough birds already. Our next stop is the humble Philippine Deer. They are quiet and peaceful creatures as the pix below shows:
Our next destination would be the highlight of our Animal Island Tour. But before we got there, I took a snapshot of a playful little monkey:
Next would be Snakes and Crocs… Stay tuned!
Continuing on, we chanced upon a very serious-looking eagle:
It seemed like the eagle caught this serious streak from its neighbor, the equally stern-looking owl that seemed straight out of the Legend of the Guardians movie:
Moving on to a less serious note, we were happy to see a smiling hornbill:
More animal pix on the next post, stay tuned! 🙂
After circling the cabanas and reaching the edge of the island, we saw a sad reality. In stark contrast with the beauty of Island Cove, the river that runs alongside it is unclean, foul-smelling and full of floating trash. I was able to get a snapshot of a little boy on a little boat as he swiftly rowed away:
It was a tiring walk so after some time we decided to go back to our hut and rested for a while. While resting I caught sight of these four plants all in a straight row:
Our next stop is the Animal Island. A giant cannon greeted as as we entered:
Pictures of the animals will be next. See you in the next post!
Last Saturday, we went to our Company Outing at Island Cove in Cavite. We had a great time, not just because of the free food and the R&R but because it was also a great time for photography. Here are some teaser pictures. Complete set in upcoming posts.