Dot’s dad promised that he would bring her to Jurong Bird Park after her pre-nursery class, off we went to one of her favourite parks in Singapore.
It was already noon when we reached the entrance of Jurong Bird Park and I had to quickly feed Dot her lunch and changed her outfit before we went in.
As time was tight, we only planned to cover the waterfall aviary and the bird show, and then returned home for Dot’s nap.
Dot ran to the pond just outside the main entrance and a black swan picked on Dot’s pink rubber shoes. Dot looked on and did not even move. After that she ran to me and proudly said, “Dot is so brave. The swan touched my shoes.”
On the way…
I took a rest at the Pelican Cove while J took Dot for a walk to see the pelicans.
African Waterfall Aviary
The beautiful birds and waterfall were not the highlight of our visit but a tiny and yet stunning female fighting spider.
J, who used to play with the fighting spider when he was young, spotted a female fighting spider on a leaf and led it to his hand.
As we looked on, J picked an ant and threw it on its palm and the fighting spider leaped onto the ant in a flash. It must be very happy to have a free meal!
Dot and I were thrilled to see the spider feasting on its free meal. It was our first time watching this. Dot was very fascinated yet afraid of it.
When J released it back to its natural habitat, Dot decided to be brave to allow this spider onto her hand. She asked her dad to catch the spider again and put it on her hand.
J picked the spider and placed it on her hand. She then proudly said, “Dot is so brave. The spider didn’t bite me.”
J cautioned her, “Not all spiders are so friendly . Some spiders bite so don’t let any spider climb onto your hand.”
“The children nowadays rarely have such opportunity to have such close contact with spiders.” I told J.
Along the way…
South East Asia Aviary
As we still had time before the bird show, we went into an aviary where birds found in South East Asia are kept. We have visited several times and this was my first time visiting this part of the bird park.
Dot saw some birds roaming freely while some are kept in cages. She asked, “Why the bird cannot come out?” Her dad replied, “They will fly away if they come out.” Looking at the birds in the cage, she exclaimed, “Poor thing!”
It was a pleasant surprise for us especially Dot to see these beautiful birds up close and personal.
High Fliers show
I only watched one version of the bird show after all my visits to the Bird Park. And that afternoon, we were pleasantly surprised to watch a new one called “High Fliers”. Though there are some adaptations from the previous one, it is still good to watch something different.
Dot was very entertained and kept asking her dad questions.
Before we headed home, Dot asked to see the owls and her wish was granted.
After our trip
After our Bird Park trip, she shared with her grandparents, uncle, aunt and even teacher in school her experience with the fighting spider and how brave she was to let it on her hand.
A brave girl indeed.