To quote Ducky, “Today was TOTALLY WICKEDDDD!!!!” The whole family went to the Houston Zoo to visit the animals. Pembleton is a volunteer, which means we get to see all the behind the scene stuff! We got to paint with the elephants, swing in the monkey cages, help the rhinos with their mud bath, and give the bears a back scratch. Everyone was having so much fun, until we got to the lion exhibit.

As Pembleton came out with the lions’ snacks, he was horrified to see Ducky saddling up Jonathan, the male lion, to ride! Before Pembleton could do anything, Ducky hopped on and shouted “Tally Ho.” After bucking around for a few minutes and feeling rather sick, Ducky was ready to get down. However, he had no idea how and Jonathan was looking rather angry. Pembleton knew one way to calm down the giant cat. He reached in to his bucket of snacks and tossed over a PB&J. While the cat was distracted, Pembleton used a net to snag Ducky and move him to safety.  Pembleton was very angry at Ducky for breaking the rules (Pembleton hates when people or animals break the rules).

After “the incident” Ducky was no longer invited behind the scenes. Pouting, Ducky went for a swim around Duck Lake and forgot all his troubles. It truly was a “TOTALLY WICKED” day!

Ducky takes Jonathan, the Lion, for a Ride

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