WHEN IT SNOWS AT THE ZOO
Snowy days are a great time to visit the zoo.
There's never a crowd,
and some animals just love getting out . . .
like the Bactrian camels
from the Middle Eastern desert.
These 2-humped giants are well suited
for rugged winters or dry hot arid summers.
In the Spring, they shed their thick winter coats,
leaving them hairless in the summer heat.
(There are less than 1,000 left in the wild.)
or the Emperor penguins
who are permanent residents in Antartica
(except for those guests at the St. Louis Zoo.)
On some snowy winter Sunday afternoons,
lucky visitors get to witness the Emperors
as they march through the zoo grounds
and play in the snow.
(It's hard to tell if the people are watching the penguins,
or the penguins are watching the people!)