Caption Contest: What a Zoo!

Caption these photos of adorable animals at the National Zoo—and be sure to make us laugh!


It's Labor Day Weekend and you may want to use a last summer weekend to take advantage of one of Washington, DC's finest (and free) attractions—the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo

Visiting the orangutans, tigers, elephants and other members of the animal kingdom at the National Zoo is a perfect end-of-summer activity for the whole family—and did we mention it’s free? 

One of the big attractions at the zoo is catching its residents in their environments and eavesdropping on their lives. Sometimes animals do the strangest things!

This week's photo showcases the Smithsonian’s National Zoo American Trail, which highlights animals from North America like this river otter. The trail was recently renovated and will reopen on Sept. 1. Other animals visitors may see along the trail are California sea lions—including the pup born in June 2011—gray seals, bald eagles, gray wolves, ravens, beavers, river otters, brown pelicans and merganser ducks.

So can you come up with a caption for what this little guy is doing in the photo?

We'll post one caption for a new photo each week, and the person with the most creative caption will win a Patch “swag kit”—complete with a tote bag, metal water bottle, magnet and pen.

Patch local editors will pick the winners. We’re a tough crowd...so make us laugh!

and tell us if you agree with our choice!

Don't forget to hit the "keep me posted" button below to stay updated on the caption contest! Keep up with all your local news with our newsletter—if you have a Patch account, click on your name, then on "newsletter" at the top right to sign up. 

The fine print:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, write a caption and post as a comment.
  • All entries must be received by Thursday of the next week at midnight Eastern time.
  • You may enter up to five captions.
  • Winners are selected at the discretion of Patch editors.
  • A single weekly winner will win a Patch tote bag, water bottle, pen and magnet with a retail value of approximately $15. We may even throw in a t-shirt.
  • See official rules attached as a PDF.
Emily Moser August 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM
You want me to look at your vacation photos from Cleveland? Alll 200 of them?
Larry J Scott August 31, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Michael Phelps....bring it!
Larry J Scott August 31, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Hey....Michael Phelps.....bring it!
Julie Gowin August 31, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees!
Paul Mitchell August 31, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I look like Mitt who???
Ed James August 31, 2012 at 02:15 PM
"Wot, you never seen a shmoo(*) before?" * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shmoo
Wendy Ann Hester DuLaney August 31, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I am king of the Photobomb!
Wendy Ann Hester DuLaney August 31, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Did you say its the weekend? Bring it on!
Wendy Ann Hester DuLaney August 31, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Say what!
Amy W August 31, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Nose hair? Are you kidding me?
Jennifer Reavis September 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Ummm, call me...maybe?
Richard Rice September 01, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I thought you said I was going on a date!!!
mary sparacino September 02, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Who are all these people?
mary sparacino September 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Are you here to see me???
Paige September 02, 2012 at 04:47 AM
"I no take your sammich, dee otter guy did it."
Wendy Ann Hester DuLaney September 04, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I am in otter amazement!
Amy September 04, 2012 at 01:46 PM
You know how to whistle don't you???? Put your lips together and blow.
Amy September 04, 2012 at 02:32 PM
What do you MEAN you don't have any lunch for me??!!
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Thanks for all the laughs! We've declared a winner -- but be sure to play again next week: http://uppermarlboro.patch.com/articles/caption-contest-what-a-zoo-6ffc7dc7#photo-11264902


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