The Waco Cameron Park Zoo hosted a new event today--Parents and Paws. It featured the baby Black Handed Gibbon swinging from the trees and then cuddling with a parent--terminally cute! There were also curator/animal talks about the Sumatran tigers, orangutans, and raptors. The curators develop training strategies so they can check the health of the animals (better for the curators because as one said, "If we go into their enclosure, we wouldn't come out!"). Orangs are eight times as strong as a human (surprised they haven't been solicited for a football team) and although stand only about 5' tall, have an arm spread of 7 1/2'. They are also on the most endangered species list. If habitat isn't preserved in Borneo and Sumatra there will be no orangutans left in the wild. Good news is that Mai is pregnant, and the around the clock watch on her starts tonight since she may give birth at any time. We also really enjoyed the talk about the raptors. One young man has really bonded with a juvenile Caracara. It was obviously kept as a pet since it was trying to get into a home's door. The homeowner called the zoo who came and got him. He didn't know how to forage for food, nor how to tear it up to eat. The curator had to teach him how to rip a dead mouse apart so the bird could eat it. Now THAT is dedication (also icky). When the curator gave the signal for the tiger to yawn and show its teeth for evaluation, most of the crowd took two or three steps back! We didn't get a photo of the yawn because we were too busy stepping back.