Someone who looks after the animals

Yesterday morning, Babess was unwell.  While she slept it off, The Dad took Pearl and Fainjin to the local zoo.  Just after they left, Babess woke up feeling much better (I’m convinced now she had overheated, rather than having a tummy bug, but at the time I couldn’t tell) and she was mad.  The same thing happened last year – she fell ill while we were here, and the bigger kids went to the zoo.  I promised that we would try to go another day when she was better, and we settled in for a morning of reading books and watching Disney movies.

This morning we went to the zoo again.  Pearl and Fainjin weren’t that interested in a repeat visit, so The Dad took them to the adjacent playground and Babess and I walked around saying hello to all the animals.  She found the chimpanzees intimidating, although they were rather placid, but was charmed by the dingoes and koalas.  We marvelled at the sheer bulk of the sleeping wombat and she bounced up and down in front of the very bored-looking kangaroos (who were lazing about and not bouncing as she had hoped).

At one point we were walking down a path and a zookeeper passed us, on some errand or another.  She said in her loud and crystal-clear voice, “And there’s the farmer…”

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