Last year, I was lucky enough to be one of a few Midwest-based writers to be a part of the White River State Park media tour … we spent three full days in downtown Indianapolis and visited some amazing places (which I’ll dive into in other posts) one of which was the Indianapolis Zoo.
The Indianapolis Zoo is one of the largest privately funded (meaning neither the city nor state provide operating funds) zoos in the country. And not only is it impeccably maintained, but it’s home to plain animals, desert animals, arctic animals, jungle animals … and of course, sea animals. My favorite are the puffins … I have a thing for both puffins and penguins … maybe it’s their wardrobe choice? I mean what’s not to love about black and white? BUT. It was Aurora a young female walrus weighing close to 700 pounds that stole my attention for the afternoon.
Did you know walruses are smart? Yea, like really smart … not as smart as mermaids, but smart all the same. And she painted a picture for me … which I now keep on my writing desk … just a little bit of the sea, for me to see, everyday.
BTW, if you ever get an opportunity to come face-to-face with a walrus, one thing to keep in mind: never get between them and the water. They are a fight or flight animal and when they get spooked they head right for their comfort zone, water. And trust The Midwest Mermaid when I say you do not want to get in the way of a walrus when it decides to head for the water 😉 Of course you don’t want to fight one either … just something to think about.
So what about you? Do you have a favorite sea animal?