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Rapping With A Raptor December 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Travel & Leisure.
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On our second visit to Islands of Adventure, we made a stop in Jurassic Park to meet Blue.

Blue is a raptor . . . a clever carnivore with sharp teeth.

We posed for photos with Blue.

Who nudged us and sniffed us and did NOT manage to eat us.

Although she did get a bit snippy (and snappy) with us.

Before we made a run for it!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. rivergirl1211 - December 29, 2018

Well, you’ve one upped me. I take pictures of everything …. but don’t have a dinosaur selfie! Kudos.

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

They have staff stationed there so that visitors can hand off their cameras to document the meet and greet.

They also have a professional photographer there for those who want to spend $’s! 😀

rivergirl1211 - December 29, 2018

Of course they do. I mean really, it’s not everyday you can pose with a dinosaur!

2. Jill Weatherholt - December 29, 2018

Yikes! Great photos, Nancy! Happy Saturday!

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

We almost didn’t hand over our camera to the “cast member” but I’m glad we did ~ so we can see how BRAVE we were! 😆

3. Val Boyko - December 29, 2018

Even when you know its not the real thing, its scary! Thanks Nancy🦖

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

The 3-year-old birthday boy in front of us kept saying, “I want to see the dinosaur. I don’t want to swim in the pool. I want to see the dinosaur.” When he got to the front of the line, his tune changed. He started SCREAMING in abject terror, wanting NOTHING to do with Blue.

He and his mother beat a hasty retreat from the paddock area sans photo. It reminded me of how some toddlers recoil in fright when they come face to face with . . . Santa Claus. 🙄

Why do we terrorize children so? 😛

Val Boyko - December 29, 2018

In Scotland, we would say it was character building 😉

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

Och, ye wee laddie, tis only a giant meat eating predator. Dinna fash. 😀

4. Tiny - December 29, 2018

Thanks for the scare, Nancy!

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

And just think . . . Blue is a baby!

5. Kate Crimmins - December 29, 2018

I was surprised it was animated but that would make it very cool for kids (and you are just a tall kid).

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

We didn’t know what Meeting the Raptor would entail since the line winds through the woods. Fun surprise.

6. Tippy Gnu - December 29, 2018

So, who’s the oldest one in that trio posing for the photo?

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

Who? Blue? Why he’s no more than two!

7. Behind the Story - December 29, 2018

Oh, my goodness! You got awfully close.

nrhatch - December 29, 2018

He was snuffling us while “purring” . . . but he did get a bit testy (like a toddler in the throes of a terrible two tantrum).

8. L. Marie - December 30, 2018

I’m glad Blue didn’t eat you and you escaped from the raging T-Rex! Now that sounds like a good vacation!

nrhatch - December 30, 2018

Even better than a vacation!

Universal is just 2 hours away. So we got season passes. For the next 15 months, we can go when the mood strikes. And then take a break from dodging around pedestrian-filled parks!

9. Debra - December 31, 2018

What fun photos! I think I’d be a little unnerved just by the size! LOL!

nrhatch - December 31, 2018

It’s probably just as well that dinosaurs are extinct. Imagine seeing a dinosaur or saber tooth tiger galloping around your backyard or frolicking through the neighborhood . . .


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