Bear fight and gator feeding

Digital cameras are a great thing. They're easy to use, have a high picture capacity, and you don't have to pay for film. Plus, when you take a weird or interesting picture, it's easy to put it on your blog.

While at the Buffalo Zoo the weekend before last, I managed to capture two things I had never seen before. Here they are for the curious.

The first is a bear fight. On the way out, we witnessed the Grizzly bear and the Kodiak bear play-fighting. They would tackle each other, bite and paw, and chase one another around the habitat. They didn't appear to be hurting each other, just playing like dogs or house cats might. I never knew bears did that, though I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Still, it was quite the sight.
Bear pawing at another.
Bear tackles another bear and bites at it.

This second picture is of the alligator feeding. We happened upon the alligator habitat just as the zookeepers were going in to feed it. It seems like the kind of job that should include hazard pay, because they kept having to push the gator's nose back with a stick to discourage it from coming too close.

As for the meal itself, it was somewhat unpleasant: dead rats. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. Though I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I don't imagine an alligator would do too well on a diet of rice and tofu.
Alligator being fed dead rats.

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