End of the world postponed, so it’s off to the San Diego Zoo!

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I was successful at getting the Mayans to postpone the end of the world to 3012. Of course, just like the government, that means I kicked the problem down the road. We’ll let our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren deal with it.

Meanwhile, enjoy some more pictures of wildlife that make the San Diego Zoo their home. I hope I’m not boring you with San Diego Zoo pictures. If I am, well, bear with me; it’s my favorite place to go to get away from it all and relax for a couple of hours.

Arabian oryx at the San Diego Zoo

I’m not sure I would want to run around all my life with three-foot spikes sticking out of my head, but maybe next Halloween I’ll try it.

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Lesser kudu at the San Diego Zoo

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Ross's Goose at the San Diego Zoo

Several decades ago I worked as a copywriter/editor/proofer for the University Press, the College of Science, and the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University. That’s when I overcame my fear of the possessive S, as in Ross’s Goose above.

There are a couple of general rules that you can follow which are good in 99% of the cases. First, if you pronounce the possessive S, then use the apostrophe S. Since I pronounce Ross’s as Ross-es, I spell it with the apostrophe S. A couple of well-known exceptions are Jesus and Texas. Even though you pronounce the possessive S, you don’t use the S after the apostrophe (Jesus’, not Jesus’s, and Texas’, not Texas’s).

Another exception is that you don’t use the ending S if the following word begins with an S. For example, if that were Ross’ Snow Goose, the S that would normally be after the apostrophe gets left off. Too many Ses (S’s?) in a row would make you think of, what? A snake.

Albino Burmese Python at the San Diego Zoo

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Ring-necked Duck at the San Diego Zoo

Mr. Ring-necked Duck looks like he has a little attitude. I promised him that none of my blog readers would make fun of him, so be sure to LIKE him.

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Smew at the San Diego Zoo

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Andean Condor at the San Diego Zoo

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These next two birds might not actually make their homes at the San Diego Zoo because they are free to come and go, visiting the wonderful San Diego area at will. However, if you could make your home at the San Diego Zoo, where you would get regular feedings and have people oooh and aaah over you, well, wouldn’t you?………:)

Great Blue Heron at the San Diego Zoo

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Great Egret at the San Diego Zoo

I’ve always known the Great Egret by that name but recently I read a blog from a blogger in Florida who called it a Great White Heron, which is also one of its common names.

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Marbled Duck at the San Diego Zoo

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Ashy-headed Goose at the San Diego Zoo

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Coronated Fruit Dove at the San Diego Zoo

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Johnston's Crocodile at the San Diego Zoo

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Fishing Cat at the San Diego Zoo

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Visayan Warty Pig at the San Diego Zoo

The Visayan Warty Pig is a juvenile, so it does not have a single wart yet.

Once you see an adult, you’ll truly believe that there are faces that only a mother could love.

Here, let me show you one:

Visayan Warty Pig at the San Diego Zoo

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Hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo

The hippopotamus is a young one, born on January 26, 2011, which happens to be my wise old grandmother‘s birthday. She would have been exactly 100 years old, so I have a special fondness for that little hippo.

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23 thoughts on “End of the world postponed, so it’s off to the San Diego Zoo!

  1. adinparadise

    So glad you were able to postpone the end of the world for us, Russell. Now I get to open my Christmas presents. :) Love the photos. That Warty Hog has the cutest face ever. :D Have a great weekend.

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  2. lilruby jewelry

    Amazing photos! I also enjoyed the grammar lesson. One of my biggest pet peeves is when an apostrophe is used in a plural word – for instance, “potatoe’s for sale”. I even see it on commercial signage sometimes and it drives me nuts! Of course, I do live in the Ozarks so that might explain it :)

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  3. mandyevebarnett

    I think being close to nature & its inhabitants resonates in our soul…with concrete & glass surrounding us so much of the time it ‘blocks’ our inner need for that connection. Love the photos as always. Glad we have a few more years on the planet!

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