Laugh, Kookaburra, Laugh, Kookaburra

Last Saturday, we took a family trip to the zoo.  In the “Creature Encounters” area, one of the animals we could get close to was a kookaburra.  “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree” is one of the songs that I grew up singing and I’ve taught it to Ellie.

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The last line of the song says, “laugh, kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra, gay your life must be.”  The volunteer holding the bird was able to get the kookaburra to make its call for us and it was one of the most fascinating strings of sounds I’ve heard come out of a bird.  It really sounded like laughing!  I have all the more love for the song now!

And in other news, we also had fun watching the penguins!

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3 Responses to Laugh, Kookaburra, Laugh, Kookaburra

  1. Lisa S says:

    Our Zoo, the Maryland Zoo, has a kookaburra!? I took my kids all the way to the Cleveland Zoo to see one! (And koalas and kangaroos). Love kookaburras and the sounds they make. Thanks for letting us know, I’ll keep my eyes open for future creature encounters.

    • Laura says:

      I guess so! 🙂 I was a little surprised because they usually only have the animals from Africa along with Maryland but this time, the two animals were the kookaburra and a Flemish (i.e. Belgium) giant rabbit. So yes, it was super cool!! We love the creature encounters!

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