Here I was sitting at the dinner table, one child with a plate of circular chicken nuggets cut in half (that I was being told were not “round enough”) and a handful of chips. The other I am spoon feeding a fancy lentils and vegetable mix that she is chowing down with great gusto, I could lose a finger here!
My mind begun to wonder what dinner looks like at other people’s houses. Is it all just like feeding time at the zoo?
Crocodiles eat hard and fast. Their food just need to come from their wide range of preferred (often meaty) food groups. It is prepared with love but there isn’t much hard work about it.
The meal is then held up high to catch the eye and nose of the crocodile and then lowered for the hasty move in and super fast snatch and devour.
You know when they are done from the sound of a spinning plate left on the table.
The feeder watches on in awe and a fair chunk of pride that they are raising such a determined and hard-core eater.
Eating is never a drama here.
Their plates are just for show and its contents is completely fine finger food. These baboons don’t care for deportment but can fussily pick at their food like a Real Housewife.
The plate gets up-ended just as fast as it is put down and then with a little pincer grip on each hand, every little piece of food is gobbled up. There is a fair amount of inspection and swirling the food around but they mostly get there in the end.
The baboon is the best at keeping themselves occupied over dinner and is a favourite amongst feeders.
The snake goes for long periods of time with no food. The ultimate “airetarian” who caves every once in a while. They do need some sort of energy.
The food gets dropped down and the snake can sit beside it for quite some time before finally deciding that he is actually hungry and slowly consumes their meal.
Many meals get uneaten until the time is “right”. The snake is the only one to know when that time is.
Don’t pressure the snake. They can get all fork tongued as quick as you can say “go on and eat your dinner!” and their eyes can switch to daggers in seconds.
Day in, day out it is the same freaking meal. They love it. You hate it, until you stop feeling anything any more. Three meals a day you are serving up bamboo and now you are no longer creating a meal, you are just rolling with the schedule.
They eat with no issue… as long as it’s bamboo.
No bamboo. No eat!
Only the best for this baby. Food, so good mummy grounds it down for them in their mouth before regurgitating it into the baby’s mouth. It is the organic way. Pure form.
Everything is delivered at the optimal temperature and consistency. Everything must be sampled and scanned for contamination. If the swallow goes down the feeder goes down with it. The ultimate in selflessness.
The swallow baby is patient and graceful. Mainly because they are too busy watching their feeder wondering what the hell they are doing?!
What type of animals do you feed at your zoo? What have I missed?
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