Last week when I was looking at the weather forecast, I noticed that the weather for this week was going to be amazing. As I have vacation time I keep trying to use up, I decided to extend my holiday weekend a day & spend some time at the zoo – I hadn’t been in a few years & they have the stingrays until the end of September.
I put “Pet a Stingray” on my life list because it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, but not something I ever made an effort to do. By having it on the list, I was able to make the plan to just go to the local zoo and check it off the list.
I talked with one of the people working & she said the stingrays in the enclosure are target trained to come when they see hands in the water. Once I was comfortable enough to leave my hand there for a bit, several of them came by to get a pet. Then one of them thought I had lunch in my hand & made me jump. Petting a stingray is kind of like petting Mindy’s cat (the infamous Mildew). You just put your hand down and wait for a stingray to come slide up against it. (I usually have do the same thing if I want to pet Mildew – put your hand down and wait until she walks under it.) The stingrays are soft to touch – I don’t know how to explain it other than it is kind of like petting a nice cashmere yarn. I did get to see some of them get fed – the assistant* held the food in her hand & the stingrays just skimmed over the top & ate their little piece of shrimp or fish. (You can actually do the feeding yourself as part of the whole experience, but I didn’t do that.)
(There are a few more pictures from my trip to the zoo starting here.)
*I don’t know what her official title is, but she was one of the people working at the exhibit.