We took a little trip to London Zoo earlier this week, somewhere we don’t really go to as we tend to visit the more rural Whipsnade with their wild maras and peacocks (and soft play). But Betsy asked for an Adventure (this was definitely an adventure with a capital A) so London Zoo it was. But how was it lucky? Only in the little things, but it’s the little things that make the day isn’t it. Also most of the things weren’t technically luckily, more fortunate, or quite nice, but Betsy and I found ourselves repeating “lucky, lucky me” like Lola does in an episode of Charlie and Lola for most of the day.
We started off at arriving on the platform with one and a half minutes to spare for our train (without checking the timetable beforehand). We also managed to grab a coffee and a drink for Boo in that time and lovely Gunter from the platform cafe pushed Arthur and the buggy onto the train while Betsy and I clambered on with our drinks and we managed to get our most favourite seats. Lucky, lucky us!
Then Betsy found a fallen £1 coin next to the till while I was buying our sandwiches. Lucky, lucky her!
Then I thought we had missed our bus and would have to wait for another 15 minutes or so, but then another turned up then and there! Lucky, lucky us!
Once at the zoo, Betsy decided she wanted to see snakes first. I was kind of surprised about this as she’s not really shown any interest in reptiles before, but the reptile house is warm inside so I was happy to follow her. While in there we caught a cobra being quite active and looking right at us. Brilliant because I could tell Betsy all about snakes using their tongues to smell and she got to see that in action and I think every time I’ve been in the reptile house before all the snakes have been asleep. Lucky us!
Afterwards, we wondered over to the tigers and we stood centimeters from them. It’s not really lucky as that’s the most sheltered place in the enclosure for the tigers to lie in, but it’s still a privilege to be so close to them like that. Plus (luckily) a nice lady came up to us and started to tell Betsy all about the tigers. I’ve forgotten their names, but they are a mother and baby. The mother, on the right hand side is seven years old, and the baby, left, is two.
Close to the tigers and camels is the children’s zoo. There are farm animals here as well as aardvarks, porcupines and meerkats (who have a brilliant tunnel you can crawl through) and a really good play area. While we were saying hello to a couple of pigs, a keeper asked Betsy if she’d like to feed the llamas and alpacas. Lucky, lucky her!
We decided to start heading home after a spot of lunch, we were all frozen and I was keen to get home before the rush hour, but while walking to the exit, I caught Betsy and Arthur holding hands, chatting away and all in their own little world for the first time. Lucky, lucky me.