I do believe it. I do believe it's true.
Since my saintly mother has come to visit for a few days, I decided to take her to the National Zoo in Washington, DC yesterday. (Heck, it never hurts to see what they might be willing to offer in trade.)
Being Columbus Day, that day when we celebrate the Italian guy who discovered America and infuriated American leftists a few centuries later, traffic was light to nonexistent because all of the federal employees in DC had the day off. (And America didn't even miss them, as usual.)
They had lions. Lotsa lions.
Elephants! This zoo has a really large and impressive elephant exhibit. At the time though, only a couple of them were out and where you could see them.
They had seals here, both Harbor Seals and Gray Seals.
Yeah, that one got groans from the other people looking at the seals, too.
All in all, the DC Zoo is worth a visit. I'd actually not been before and I thought that it was a decent medium-sized zoo with a good selection of animals, most of whom are in outdoor habitats with plenty of room for them and good views for us. And it is free, although it's run by the Smithsonian, so it's really "Smithsonian Free", meaning that admission costs you nothing but if you want to park your car, buy food or souvenirs or even get a map to the exhibits, you'd better have a pail of cash or good credit.