Not that there were any at this particular zoo, but this is Owen's impression of a walrus.
I was amazed by the accessibility of the animals and how comfortable they were around people. I know this isn't necessarily the safest or healthiest arrangement for the animals and humans involved, but it's not like we were feeding the giraffes Little Debbies or walking down the sidewalks with Bengal tigers. (But there was a snake skin on the floor in the reptile house!) Clearly things aren't as litigious in Italy as they are in the U.S. It's refreshing to have an experience where I don't feel micromanaged but rather trusted to use my own common sense.
Owen would like to add that he shares my overwrought insights and that he wishes the penguins would have gotten off their nest and gone swimming while we were there.