I have memories of visiting this same butterfly and wildlife park quite a few times when I was growing up here, Mikey has been to the park once before too on our last trip to England a few years ago.
He remembered the butterflies and spiders from the last time we visited, but this time particularly enjoyed seeing a lot of the other animals. The geese and giant rabbits were a big hit, as were the emu and the pony.
We stayed long enough to sit and watch a display of the birds of prey by their handlers at the park. The birds flew low over our heads, the tips of their wing feathers brushing our hair, a couple of them pausing to sit next to us on the benches while we watched.
Mikey loved the owls, watching them fly in the display and seeing them again later on in their enclosures. Later that evening after we’d already returned home he told me, “At Grandma’s house when the owls say whooo whoooo that means it’s dark and bedtime”.
When we walked into the tropical house where the butterflies, spiders and lizards are kept Mikey noticed the difference in temperature right away. He asked me if butterflies really like it when it’s hot and told me that he thought it was too hot for little boys.
He’s been very interested lately in the butterfly life-cycle, especially as his favourite book is still The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We explored the leaves on the various trees and plants in the tropical house, finding a few caterpillars munching away, and then moved onto the box where the chrysalides and cocoons are kept. They’re kept in there until the butterflies or moths emerge and we were lucky enough to see one already halfway out, so we stood and watched for a while as it unfurled its pretty wings.
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