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 a great meal and a power nap, it’s time to put on our fedoras and to proceed with our exploration of the island.
The first animal that we encountered is this bald eagle which was as curious of us as we were of him:
Moving along, we were greeted by a large, flightless and proud-looking cassowary. It didn’t even give us a glance as we checked it out:
Out of nowhere, this duck hurriedly stumbled past us to our surprise and we were almost expecting that it would cry out, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” 🙂
More animal pix in the next post! 🙂
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!
It was a great sunny day and it’s very nice to roam around. There was another company also having a teambuilding so we decided to go where there were fewer persons around. We immediately saw the giant chess pieces right outside the entrance to Oceania. Those chess pieces were just screaming to have their pictures taken. Afterwards, we went around some more and saw the edge of the island near the lake and beside the cabanas.
Here are some of the shots that I took during this time:
Our first stop were the trellises. I like trellises. They have an air of mystery around them. One could just imagine the creepy vines as they weave their way in and around those posts with some even breaking through the concrete. The interweaving shadows that were created as the sunlight hits the parallel wooden bars and the old, rusty wrought-iron lamps added so much to the ambience. The occasional flowers that have sporadically sprung forth gave an overall feeling of loneliness and solitude to the place. And that’s what makes it a perfect subject for us shutterbugs.