31 October 2008

TGR Exotics - Pumpkin Scaring

On the weekend before Halloween, Trinhity & Daddy had a date: we attended a special evening dinner + tour of TGR Exotics, the exotic animal farm where we've taken the munchkins for the Pumpkin Patch excursion.

That's a coatimundi, a Latin American raccoon.

CREDITS: we owe *huge* props to the Mama-san for enabling our lovely evening together. Thank you, Mama. Sincerely.

So about the evening: they served BBQ catered by Goode Company, which Daddy enjoyed immensely. Gwen, one of the owners, then took a relatively small group on a nighttime tour of the farm.

We saw binturongs (a SE Asian bearcat) and sloths, got licked by a friendly tamandua (an anteater)...

...and chased by a very affectionate African Crested Porcupine.


Petunia, the porcupine, is really a family pet, and she's very sweet. Several people on the tour were petting her (one direction only, mind you), and Trinh was very brave -- she wanted to pet her too!

We entered the enclosure together. Petunia's pretty social, and all this excitement had her riled up. Before I had a chance to get Trinh settled, Petunia started chasing her! I have to admit: it's downright disconcerting to be chased by a bundle of quivering quills, affectionate or not. We didn't stay long with her, but it was memorable.

Trinh says that her favorite animals were the kangaroos...although I think this is really a wallaroo:


My hands-down favorite was Sindu, their Bengal Tiger. They've had her since she was 5 weeks old, so she's almost part of the family...a 500lb lap cat. It's the closest I've ever been to a big cat. I was...in awe.

I also couldn't shake that poem by Blake, and I wanted desperately to share it with Trinh -- but I couldn't quite remember the whole thing, and I wasn't ready to attempt to explain "fearful symmetry" to a 3 year old.

All things in due time. I hope someday she'll be ready for Dreamtigers, too.

After the tour, Gwen and her husband Troy brought out two of their other favorite pets, a Black and White Ruffled Lemur...


and Mango, a capuchin...


Last but not least, we spent a few minutes playing a new game: Pumpkin Scaring!


Many thanks to Gwen and Troy for a truly lovely evening. You've got a special place -- thanks for sharing it. We'll be back again if you'll have us!

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