Audubon Zoo – continued

Several days ago I posted some photos of the flamingos at the New Orleans Zoo.  That day turned out to be the nicest weather of our stay in NOLA, where it has turned cold and rainy during the rest of our stay.  Some of the non-avian “wildlife” we saw on our one sunny day at the zoo…

Well hidden predator in the duckweed infested swamp.

Well hidden predator in the duckweed infested swamp.

Less well hidden...but doesn't care

Less well hidden…but doesn’t care

The heads of Giant Anteaters are in completely the wrong proportion to their bodies (and tails).  They walk on the outside of their feet (and hands), with claws curving inward.  Strange animal!!

The heads of Giant Anteaters are in completely the wrong proportion to their bodies (and tails). They walk on the outside of their feet (and hands), with claws curving inward. Strange animal!!

What the heck do they do with that enormous tail?

What the heck do they do with that enormous tail?

Anyone know what these aquatic mammals are?  Hint, not a beaver or a muskrat.

Anyone know what these aquatic mammals are? Hint, not a beaver or a muskrat.

A better look at the mystery animals on dry land

A better look at the mystery animals on dry land.

I have never seen racoons in trees, but there were several of them here, relaxing in the late afternoon sunshine.

I have never seen raccoons in trees, but there were several of them here, relaxing in the late afternoon sunshine.  Wikipedia shows more photos of raccoons in trees than on the ground, so I guess it’s a common behavior.

Normally only nocturnally active, raccoons must like napping in the afternoon.  A big yawn preceeded head drooping  posture in this fellow.

Normally nocturnally active, raccoons must like napping in the afternoon. A big yawn preceded head drooping posture in this fellow.  Nice teeth, buddy.

Grandkids try to duplicate actions of monkeys they have been watching...

Two oldest and the youngest grandkids try to duplicate actions of monkeys they have been watching…

Celebrating two joy-filled years of life.

Celebrating two joy-filled years of life.

13 thoughts on “Audubon Zoo – continued

  1. You managed to capture some unusual looking species, especially the anteater. I love the shots of the kids, especially the final one. It’s a beautiful, casual portrait. Are the mystery animals nutria?

    • You are correct! The nutria, or coypu is the South American equivalent of the beaver (it is also known as the “beaver rat”), and has been introduced in Europe and Asia for fur production.

  2. My guess would be muskrats, but can’t really get an idea of the animal’s size in those pictures. Love the anteater pictures. I think it would be hard to find a more perfect example of an animal that has evolved to fill a specialized niche.

  3. I thought nutria, as well, but I never knew they were also called ragondin. I love learning new stuff like that. Great pictures, Sue. I have a soft spot in my heart for reptiles, so I really like the gator pics as well. (I don’t go swimming with them, you understand. I only swim in water enclosed in turquoise concrete! But I like them, anyway.)

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