The Calgary Zoo is a pretty fun place to visit on a sunny day. I like the South America section where you can see anteaters — which I swear is the world’s strangest looking animal — and check out what the Andean condor’s been having for lunch. There are usually bits and pieces of animal carcasses lying around its outdoor enclosure.

In the warmer months, peacocks strut around the zoo grounds. I guess they’re pretty used to people by now, because this guy just stood there for several minutes while I took pictures. Now, if only that stupid Pepsi machine would get out of the way.

Peacock, Calgary Zoo

I admire the families with the forethought to pack some healthy, good-looking lunches with fresh fruit, sandwiches and snacks. Us, we end up at the Kitamba Café and eat crap.

The cafeteria-style stop has your standard burgers, hot dogs, soups, sandwiches and coffee. On this day, we grabbed chili dogs, overflowing with so much chili and goopy, orange processed cheese that we had to eat them with plastic forks and knives.

Chili dog, Calgary Zoo

I can’t lie. They were pretty gross — but in that “I’m still going to eat it all” kind of way.

Two chili dogs, fries and two large drinks came out to about $20. Also not a bargain, but that’s the price one pays for not bringing a healthy lunch.

Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd. NE, Calgary, (403) 232-9300. Open every day except Christmas, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (zoo closes at 6 p.m.). Check here for admission discount coupon.

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