Wild and Worrisome Sights at a Tunisian Zoo

Camel drinking coke at a Tunisian Zoo It seems that at every zoo, I learn something new. For instance, on our trip to Tunisia, I discovered that camels love coke. And, why not? Most people do, too. Camel at a Tunisian ZooSome say that Coke’s logo is the most recognized brand name around the world.
Sad and scary thought, isn’t it (especially considering it has no nutritive value)? Kathi beside Bouganvillea At any rate, I love zoos. Do you? Mason with a hibisicus For those of us who lack the leisure and lattitude
to trek the world in search of exotic animals, Tunisian Zoo Fennec Fox zoos give us insight into the vast and unique range
of creatures God has designed to dwell with us on Planet Earth. Pigs Tunisian Zoo Many animals seem lovable and are common on every (non-iced) continent, Ostrich Tunisian Zoo …or at least common enough so that folks everywhere recognize them, Lycaon pictus. African Wild Dog Tunisian Zoo but some animals (like the colorful African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus)
seem quite foreign to those of us who live in temperate zones. Tunisian Zoo CoyoteThe Tunisian zoo we visited showcased the animals of North African deserts. Monkey at a Tunisian Zoo The most exciting “plus” for this zoo
was that we didn’t just have to look sadly through the bars of the cages. at a Tunisian Zoo 2 When some little fellow wanted to reach out to us, at a Tunisian Zoo 3we could pass a little love back to him! Scorpion at a Tunisian Zoo Not all of the residents were quite so  friendly or innocuous, however. Scorpion being held at a Tunisian Zoo Some of them were downright disagreeable and dangerous, Scorpion hanging on to cigarett box at a Tunisian Zoo and these could only be handled with extreme care by our zoo guide,
who’d had years of experience working with deadly critters. Sidewinder at a Tunisian ZooThe Saharan horned viper carries up to 13 venom fractions,
and our guide said that while a scorpion sting might kill you, Horned Desert Viper at a Tunisian Zoo one bite of this deadly rattler could kill your mother-in-law in under 10 minutes.
(There might have been implications implied…) 2 lizards at a Tunisian Zoo Our zoo guide also taught us the difference between toxic and nontoxic lizards, Kathi holding lizard at a Tunisian Zooand he let those of us with more tactile curiosity than tacit antipathy hold them. Shannon with snake at a Tunisian ZooOur last experience was playing with snakes. Some declined the offer,
but most of us at least wanted to try on a snake “just for size.”  Snake at a Tunisian Zoo I couldn’t help but reflect on how foolish it would be for us to play with unknown species of desert snakes without being invited and supervised by an expert. Silas with a snake at a Tunisian ZooHow like all our experiences in life! If God invites us to do something, and we’re following His instructions, we can trust that He intends it for our good, to teach us something that will deepen our character and make us more like Christ. Holding snake at Tunisian zooGot any challenges in your life that are out of your comfort zone but you feel God is calling you to try? The entire trip to Tunisia was like that for me, but it was an unforgettable learning experience. I wouldn’t trade it despite all its challenges! Mountain Goats at a Tunisian Zoo“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet,
and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (Habakkuk 3:19).