Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo.
I do believe it.
I do believe it's true.
So it was high time I had another adventure anyway, and who am I to gainsay Paul Simon on matters of zoological importance? So I grabbed my trusty digital camera and gallivanted off to my friendly neighborhood cavalcade of critters.
(In truth, it felt like the perfect day to go to the zoo. When I was a kid, for some reason the days our family ended up going to the zoo in San Francisco or Oakland were almost always gray, with high overcast, so today's unseasonably cloudy weather seemed perfectly suitable.)
With this crucial task out of the way, let's get right to the animals, shall we?
Cougars (also known as pumas, mountain lions, catamounts, screamers and American lions) are known for their screaming cries when they are hunting or looking for mates. Several cultures consider it extremely unlucky to hear a mountain lion scream. But mountain lions also make adorable little squeaky noises when they are curious about something. They purr when they're content, and are in fact the largest species of cat that can purr continuously, like a house cat.
The zoo is planning to add a cheetah exhibit some time soon, but at the moment the World of Cheetahs area is completely empty.
What other critters were nearby, you ask?
wandering wild around my mom's back yard, eating her tomatoes.
I finally tore myself away from these critters and went off to commune with the parrots and other hookbills.
Having exhausted the limits of the zoo, I did what anyone who knows anything about Issaquah would do next: