Budapest zoo: Scary bugs and pointy pigs

Because it wasn’t our first time in the capital of Hungary we decided to spend the day in the Budapest zoo. When I say ‘we decided’, what I really mean is ‘Ana decided’ because she is a little obsessed with animals. As for me, I just like looking at weird animals. That reminds that nature has a great sense of humor.

The Budapest Zoo is actually one of the oldest zoos on the planet. It will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2016. It is a home to about 1000 species and a place of diverse architecture styles. It is a fun way to spend a day. We were very lucky that the weather was great when we visited the zoo. It was so great that we had to buy an umbrella…

Despite having a bad start on our exploration of two-, four- or no-legged animals from around the world the rain stopped at some point and we were able to walk freely through the park. Here are some photos of some pretty odd and awesome creatures that we share our planet with.

Chillin' tiger

Chillin’ tiger

More chillin' tigers

More chillin’ tigers

The curios bear

The curios bear

When we saw the bugs we were terrified. They weren’t locked in terrarium as you would expect. Instead, they were roaming up and down a tree that wasn’t separated from the visitors by anything except a glass that was about a meter high. It was like a horror movie coming true. They were just crawling there. Hundreds of them. Each was the size of a baby’s foot. The only thing in my mind was that one of them must have an above average IQ for a bug. That one can maybe find a way out of there.  Or somehow climb over the glass. What if some of them already escaped? What if they are already out? Maybe they got into my bag, or my shoes… Bugs really screw with your mind. The moment we got out of there the paranoia stopped…

Scary bugs

Scary bugs

Then we entered the bird cages. Off all the animals birds freak me out the most. They have claws, beaks, they fly and make scary noises. When you enter the cages, as in every other zoo, there is a lot of them. They are flying everywhere around shrieking at every visitor. But we found some funny ones.

I couldn't see where their heads stop and where their haircuts start...

I couldn’t see where their heads stop and where their haircuts start…

The pointy-eared orange pigs were also an attraction. They are living proof that nature that some creatures have bad karma. I mean really really bad karma.

Pointy pigs

Pointy pigs

Walking through the zoo is a great experience because of the different architecture styles scattered around the whole park. These amazing buildings are houses for a lot of animals.

View from the man-made rock

View from the man-made rock

The castle-like gate

The castle-like gate

The man-made rock

The man-made rock

We would recommend visiting the zoo to anyone that has a couple of hours to spare. It’s located near the Hero’s Square. It’s also awesome for any animal lover.

Blending in

Blending in

The camels conspiring against humans

The camels conspiring against humans

Just some guy walking his raccoon through the zoo

Just some guy walking his raccoon through the zoo

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