by Helen Hooker July. 19, 2011 6420 views

I visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park again today with my friend Sharon []. Sharon broke her leg at the end of May and she was itching to get out with her camera again after so long being cooped up at home. She can only walk short distances at the moment with crutches so to get round this we borrowed one of the park??s wheelchairs which meant we were able to cover the whole site, even if we did both get rather tired arms pushing and wheeling it over grass and gravel. Photographically, we had the most success in the park??s walk through lemur enclosure. One of the keepers did warn us that the animals would be curious about the wheelchair and she wasn??t joking. One of the baby ring tailed lemurs thoroughly explored underneath it and one of the others gave the wheels a jolly good licking! They were obviously in an exploratory mood today as they were also fascinated by my lens hood and Sharon caught a priceless shot of one of the babies having a feel of it and leaving some tiny little pawprints behind!

The baby Ring-Tailed Lemurs were absolutely adorable!

I love the expressions of these two - the one in front looks rather studious while the one behind reminds me of Basil Fawlty!

Peering out from a pile of black and white fluff!

This Red-Bellied Lemur was very happy to pose for portraits.

This chap is a Crowned Sifaka - he's a natural poser!

And a bit of thinker too….

He found Sharon's wheelchair very tasty!

Sharon []took this photo - this little fellow left lots of pawprints on my lens hood.

I didn't have much luck with the meerkats this time. This one posed in front of a distracting patch of greenery so I thought I'd try a black and white conversion.

We came across five of these tiny Moorhen chicks - I would imagine they can only be a day or two old. They were distinctly top heavy and kept falling over!

One of the Oriental Short Clawed Otters who, very conveniently, posed for me in some lovely dappled light.

The Black Tailed Prairie Dogs have been very busy this spring - there were babies everywhere. This one kept popping up out of his burrow to check if I was still watching!

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Abe Jackson 9 years, 4 months ago

I had to return to this post.

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Sandra Vermeulen 9 years, 4 months ago

#3: The arogante the look of the onel in the front and the anxious look of the rear one ... sublime!!
# OMG ... bicycle tires fetish!! ;o)

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Michelle 9 years, 4 months ago

These are excellent captures. Like you are righ there in front of them! Great job

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Sherij 9 years, 4 months ago

WOW I can't believe the animals actually come up to you!! A dream come true! Great shots!!

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Goldbrandi 9 years, 4 months ago

Super...nice...sweet photos!

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Pete 9 years, 4 months ago

so cute

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Lukesmom 9 years, 4 months ago

Great set! #3 is my favorite!

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Marsha 9 years, 4 months ago

What a great collection of lovely little critters, Helen! I love #3 - fantastic catch with interesting focus!!!

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Ann Garratty 9 years, 4 months ago

What a coincidence, I'm posting Cotswold wildlife park pics tomorrow... No 7 went straight to my faves and I love the moorhen chick, he is adorable as are the lemurs.. and the prairie puppies we got some cute pics of them too...

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Snowpie 9 years, 4 months ago

Love 3,7 and 13. The expressions are great!

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Anna 9 years, 4 months ago

Stunning, such expressive pictures! :)

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Josy 9 years, 4 months ago

Excellent! and I agree with David, 7 is hilarious !

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David Swatton 9 years, 4 months ago

Very cool set - #7 is hilarious - looks so staged.

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Lynda 9 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic set

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Moira 9 years, 4 months ago

fabulous set and I love how your friend caught your surprised delightful expression in 9.
Great captions with them.

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