I know why you come to this website, and it’s to see photos of cute animals. I also know the site has been a real disappointment to you so far. “Why do I keep coming here?” you ask yourself. “Why do I have this bookmarked under ‘cute animals’? I hate this stupid website.”
Well, your weeks of disappointment are over, because I am about to unload a pet cemetery’s worth of animal treasures. First up, the adorable ostriches at left. Don’t you just want to reach out and snuggle them?
I got to feed these sweet, sensitive, disgusting creatures in Buellton, CA, at Ostrich Land (of course). Walk in, hand over $4, and soon — like magic! — you’ll be among the magestic ostriches. And also some slightly less magestic emus.
This experience seemed as good an excuse as any to take a look at some of the other animals I’ve seen on the trip.
Let’s start with some awesome elephant seals I saw in San Simeon on the same day I fed the ostriches. It’s one of the great pleasures of traveling slowly and alone that when I see a sign that says “OSTRICHES” or “SEALS” I can just pull right over without discussion. So, without further ado:
Kansas City, MO: JACK!:
Leadville, CO: COW!: (Actually cows are everywhere in this country — everywhere.)
Los Angeles, CA: A (picture of a) TERRIFYING BOBCAT!:
Twin Lakes, CO: GOAT!:
Kansas City, MO: STICK INSECT!
Carpinteria, CA: ANOTHER STICK INSECT!
BONUS OSTRICH SHOT: