Watching Grumpy take a bath at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


We saw this condor in one of the exhibits near the front of the park walk up to the edge of the water. This is a bird we wouldn’t see in Florida except at a zoo. This was back in early March when my sister came to visit from South Dakota.


I thought he was just getting a sip of water but we stood there for a few minutes to see what he would do.


Drip. He paused for a moment.


He then took a couple of steps into the water and started flapping his wings. He was taking a bath in front of all of the tourists.


He was having a great time. It was a little chilly that morning so he must have just thought he was dirty.


He stuck his head under the water.


He came up on land and started to dry off. He’s a scruffy looking bird.


He walked over to the other side of the exhibit with his wet wings.


He had a nest! He stood on the side and waiting for his wings to dry off.

We watched him for a while. He seemed oblivious to all around. The exhibit is not enclosed with netting or anything on top so I was able to shoot without getting something in the way. I’m assuming his wings are clipped. He was a big beautiful bird but had a grumpy face. I finally finished editing all of the pictures I took of our early spring trip to Animal Kingdom. I remembered watching this guy and thinking how cool it was we got to see him bathing. I’ll probably never see a condor out in the wild so this is the closest I’ll get. We were pretty close there at the exhibit.

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10 thoughts on “Watching Grumpy take a bath at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  1. Nice watching him take a bath! His name suits him!! I have only seen two condors in the wild. They were together circling the Colorado River in Utah. Great shots!

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