What to do on a snow day

Sitting at Man’s yesterday morning, watching the snow and wondering what we should do with our day when a brain wave hit me.

“Let’s go the zoo.”

I don’t go to the zoo very often and Twycross Zoo is only about half an hour away. And I don’t think I have ever been to the zoo in the snow.

So we wrapped up warm and headed for Twycross on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border.

Unsurprisingly, there weren’t that many people there … probably because it was snowing and continued snowing constantly all the time we were there.

When we looked on the webcam before we left, the live elephantcam showed the elephants enjoying the cold snap. By the time we had arrived, they’d seen sense and gone inside.

As had mostly everything else. Snow leopards do not come out to play in the snow … neither do reindeer. In fact, very little does.

Twycross is famous for its work with primates of all sizes and there were plenty of those inside. It is, however, extremely difficult to take photographs through glass. You have scratches, dirt and reflections to contend with.

The zoo also has a huge ant farm in the ladies toilets. Sadly you can’t really take the camera into the public toilets without being arrested! So there are no photos.

I learnt that otters are incredibly noisy, especially if they think you come bearing fish and that zoo animals do not appreciate arctic conditions. But it was fun, and I don’t think I’ll see a zoo in such wintry conditions again.

We’ve found a new iPhone app as well (courtesy of yesteryday’s BBC Click). It’s called Life In Seconds. Each day you record a one-second video of anything you like, then you stitch them together to make a video of your life. Looks like fun :)

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6 comments
  1. The last time I went to the zoo it must have been twenty years ago and I think it was Tycross as well.

    I hope you’re journey home in the snow last night wasn’t too trying Dory. It put quite a bit down last night in north Nottinghamshire.

    • Thanks James … I opted to drive home in daylight on Monday in the end. Other than the minor roads, it wasn’t too bad at all.

    • Sadly someone would be bound to complain that you could be trying to take indecent photographs.

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