(@finchly ) Yesterday, as a belated birthday thing we went to the zoo. This particular zoo is my favorite, the vast majority of their animals are rescues in some form or another. Over 100 of their budgies came from a hoarder's home, so they're in really rough shape but they're in a HUGE outdoor aviary, they have an indoor area that's like a dream, they have tons of plants, that beautiful Lake Michigan air, and it makes me so happy to see. Usually, you can walk through and feed them and sometimes they'll come perch on you, but it was closed yesterday. All of their raptors are rescues that can't be released into the wild. One of the iguanas was found running around Indianapolis. The fallow deer just got a new big environment, and the zebras will be getting an expansion into the old fallow deer yard. Here's an article from my local newspaper... At 90, Washington Park Zoo undergoing facelift, resurrection | LaPorte County News | nwitimes.com So anywho, here's some pictures. The rest are in the album on my facebook thingy. (Link here) The fallow deer... Such cuties! One of the bald eagles had a floofie on his cere! Possibly the most patriotic floofie? We saw this guy in the upper aviary, he was strutting around trying to find a lady friend, the ibises (?) were not impressed. Then before we went into the rotary castle (where these next pictures are from) we passed by the crows and vultures... There's one crow in particular that loves to giggle like a small creepy child, I finally got him on video! https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=2034920766797781 This guy (American Kestrel) was holding this mouse and bobbing his head, I guess he wanted to feed his lady friend. But she didn't want any of it! And the budgie aviary! They also have some areas dived up where in warmer weather they have cockatoos and in a different area, kookaburras. The pictures really don't do it justice, it's so nice in there. A lot of these guys looked pretty rough, but judging the situation they came from, I would assume they didn't get any vet care (remember, hoarder's house). So hopefully these babies are getting treatment!