Newt Gingrich at the zoo, again: ‘I don’t mind petting a rhino, I just don’t want to be one’!/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/195879100362141696

First the baby talk, now a zoo visit with child-like wonder. Newt is like the Benjamin Button of politicians; reverse aging.

Gingrich looking at elephants…

— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) April 27, 2012

Gingrich says he's been to more 100 zoos. 'Early morning is a good time to go,' he says

— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) April 27, 2012

"T-Rex," it should be noted, was also Gingrich's Secret Service code name, he said

— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) April 27, 2012

This is the scoop of Andrew’s lifetime. Newt. Zoos. And dinosaurs, baby.

While looking at the robotic dinosaurs, Gingrich would often critique whether or not they are life size

— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) April 27, 2012

Newt Gingrich, the Cliff Clavin of the presidential election cycle. He’d totally make an awesome “smart guy at the bar.” Make it happen, Newt.

And, action!

ACTION SHOT: Gingrich feeding an elephant

— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) April 27, 2012

Gingrich: 'I don't mind petting a rhino, I just don't want to be one'

— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) April 27, 2012

Oh, snap!

A horrible side shot of Newt's visit to the zoo reveals the toll the campaign has taken on his weight.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 27, 2012

Meow, Andrew!

Twitter is amused by Newt’s love of zoos.

We need a permanent way to preserve the rare biodiversity of "Newt at the zoo" jokes for our children. Otherwise, the jokes may go extinct.

— ♥ Margarita ♥ (@margafret) April 27, 2012

Yes, please. Gold.

Does it get any funnier than a picture of the animal-lover Newt Gingrich petting a rhino at the zoo? I'm not sure.

— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) April 27, 2012

Further adding to speculation Newt is staying in until Tuesday to allow for VIP zoo trips – he's at the zoo in Asheboro, NC, this morning…

— Liz Davies (@davieseliz) April 27, 2012

There is a vast, unexplored ecosystem of newt/zoo jokes, that can only be saved through human intervention and education.

— ♥ Margarita ♥ (@margafret) April 27, 2012

There should definitely be a Newt zoo on the moon colony.

Watch out for those dastardly penguins, Speaker.

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