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Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
October 12, 2009
From journal Some memory about China
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
March 5, 2008
From journal Big Capital, Small Pleasures
June 22, 2005
From journal Beijing Bowling Classic
May 3, 2005
The small cages and animal enclosures were 50s in appearance and not really conducive to good animal health. Indeed, we were surprised how unkempt much of the zoo seemed. The monkey enclosure was run down, and the captives looked unhealthy and unstimulated – a concrete pit with the odd suspended tyre was their home. Lesser pandas were restricted to a small, barred cage, and a variety of exotic birds were captivated with little room to stretch their wings.
On our walk round the zoo, we saw elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, tigers, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, birds, reptiles, insects, and wild dogs--all, I’m afraid, in very "tired accommodations". But we’d not come to see any of these, fascinating as they might be.
Finally, we made it to the panda’s plusher pad. Indoors, two large black and white bundles were draped over tree stumps. They were static, and I was beginning to wonder if we were ogling large stuffed toys until one of the beasts twitched. We could feel the hushed excitement around the viewing enclosure, but stillness prevailed. The audience settled back to watch and wait. But I’m impatient and spotted a door, which I headed toward. This way led to open outdoor pits, and in one sat a feeding panda. For several minutes, we were on our own with this cuddly animal as it chomped noisily through a seemingly neverending supply of bamboo, its large, powerful jaw shredding the cane with no difficulty, occasionally pausing to look around before returning to its meal. After a long and close study, we returned indoors, just in time to see one of the pandas start its slow demounting from its tree bed. Actions were slow and purposeful, and when it finally "hit" the ground, the panda fell in a heap and momentarily returned to slumber.
But it was on a roll, and within seconds, this huge, furry bundle was back on its feet and limbering up for more action! A few more steps, and then it collapsed again. This whole process was repeated several times, until the panda was able to walk the full length of the enclosure and back before taking another panda nap. The gathering crowd muttered enthusiastically every time the panda moved, and I’m sure this one was working the audience. It stretched, walked, collapsed in a heap, and then sauntered to the front window – right under our very noses. Here it paused and posed and finally yawned before returning to its "bed" in the middle of the enclosure.
What a great sight – well worth our 15RMB!
From journal Visiting Outer Beijing