I think we officially have a thing for zoos. Last fall, we visited the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and the New Orleans Audubon Zoo, and we recently took a day trip to the Memphis Zoo.It was a rainy and slightly chilly day in Memphis, but we’re very glad we braved the weather because the zoo was incredible. Our first stop once inside the gates was the lion exhibit. We stood there for a few minutes as the three lions (one male and two females) sat on the ground resting.
Just as we were about to move on to the next attraction, things started getting interesting. One of the female lions stood up to stretch, opening her mouth up wide.
She waltzed over to a viewing point on the other side of the exhibit. No one was there, but she seemed to be wanting some attention, so Mr. Handsome and I ran to meet her. She stood their patiently as we fumbled for our photos. We were literally just two feet away from her face.
She put her head down, almost as if she wanted to be pet. Don’t worry, we didn’t stick our hands through the bars.
I turned my phone onto camera mode and took a quick video (see below), during which she showed her teeth on command. Pretty neat!