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Monday, October 01, 2007

Meet Lun Lun by Skeeter

Yesterday the Saint and I went to Zoo Atlanta so we could see their latest arrival. Lun Lun is the new baby Panda being just over a year old. She is adorable to say the least! She was born Sept 6, 2006 and weighed a mere 4 ounces! She was about the length of a sick of butter!

Mommy Panda was trying to get Lun Lun to nurse but the playful baby was too busy trying to get mommy to play with her! She crawled all over mommy and kept nipping at her with not much reaction from mommy.

They had daddy Panda separated from his baby as they are not material. In other words mommy does all the work and daddy would just view the baby as a play toy thus probably hurting it with his 300 pound body. I found it interesting how daddy does not take a part in the child rearing but that is common amongst a lot of animal species…

I wish I had a better picture for y’all to see but that little gal would not cooperate with me and we did not want to hoard the front row for too long as she had quit a crowd wanting to see her!

The Saint and I were pleasantly surprised at the changes at Zoo Atlanta! We never liked it due to the outdated facilities being filled with Fences and Cages. But I am happy to say they have updated a lot since our first visit! And even though this is an old Zoo, it was so clean that it shocked me! Usually old places tend to be dirty looking but not here! Plus they have one of the best Gorilla exhibits I have ever seen! We spotted 2 babies on mommy’s back! So if y’all are looking for something to do on a boring weekend, drive the 4 hours south and check out Zoo Atlanta. It will be worth the visit…

posted by Skeeter at 10/01/2007 10:45:00 AM


Blogger Adrienne said...

The Foreman and I are planning a trip to the National Zoo this month. I'll let you all know how it is. It's free to get in, but paking is $16. It looks pretty nice. It's part of the Smithsonian Institute, so it should great.

Monday, October 01, 2007 6:00:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The Saint and I went to the National Zoo a long time ago. All I can say is bring your walking shoes because I remember it being up hill both ways! We plan to get up there to see their new baby panda also. We are headed up to VA this weekend but don’t think we can fit a Zoo visit in this trip. We have a full schedule laid out and I don’t believe a zoo visit was on the agenda. If so, I will let you know Adrienne and maybe we can meet somewhere in DC for a quick hug! If not, then we will meet in Nov when we both get to Clarksville…

Our neighbor is also going to be out of town so we almost had to cancel our trip due to no baby sitter. But our neighbor recommended the young girl that watches her horses at times and I see her doing a great job as we follow up behind her to make sure all is going well. So I am confident that I can trust her! She will come by tomorrow to meet my girls, well Sheba, she will never see Cheetah! Then I will let her know what is to be expected from her. She will basically just need to dig for treasures in the sand box and make sure the water bowl has not been knocked over! Easy and keeps the girls occupied while she is here thus breaking up their day. She said she is currently watching some dogs for someone on our adjoining road so she must be a good pet sitter to be watching several different peoples furry babies! I think we can travel with peaceful minds...

Monday, October 01, 2007 7:20:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

I have mixed emotions about zoos. It's a good way to educate people, but most people don't bother to "learn". I am opposed to circuses. The best Zoo I've seen was in Cleveland, very spacious, but your feet feel it! I visited Nashville Zoo about 12 years ago. Philadelphia's Zoo is the oldest in the country and there really isn't room to expand. It makes me so sad to see the Cheetahs and Lions in small cement cages.

Enjoy your trip Skeeter!

Monday, October 01, 2007 8:43:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Yep Daisylouu, I feel the same way about caged up animals. I really hate seeing birds caged. They should be flying for goodness sake! Our neighbors have parrots and they scream all the time. When people come to our house for the first time, they always ask what is that noise; I say what noise, as I am so use to hearing them that I really don’t notice them anymore. They keep the birds out on their screen porch year round and I wonder if they are taking good care of them. Lord knows they don’t take proper care of any other animals they have.....

The big cats at Zoo Atlanta have nice glassed in exhibits for viewing with them being in the woods. You can hardly see them which I liked because I am sure they are bothered by people staring at them. I wish the glass was one way glass where we could see them but they could not see us… And I hate people that tap on aquariums when the sign clearly says NOT to Tap of the glass! I think that some animals are better off in zoos as long as they are well taken care of as the wild can be more harmful on certain species.

I do not agree with the big cat laws in Texas. Did yall know that anyone can have a lion or tiger in Texas? As long as you take care of it, no big cat license required! Crazy…

Education is important for kids where zoos are concerned. When the Saint and I saw the giant tortoises humping, the parents were laying to their kids about what was going on. It was the perfect opportunity to explain mating and where baby animals come from! But no, they had to lie and make up crap because animals humping are so taboo! Argggg…

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 7:59:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Skeeter, I think it's a great picture! It' so cute.

When I was in Korea I went to a zoo, though it was more of a park. And they had an area, not cages, with signs in Korean and English. One sign said "yellow dog" and another "white dog." Which made me wonder why they had any kind of "dog" in a zoo. Maybe it was some sort of Korean-type dingo or something and the translation wasn't very good.

It was a park that many Americans didn't go to I guess, or not many American woman, because I had about three different guys ask to have their picture taken with me, and I was with my then husband, Glen #1. (Yes, my first husband was a Glen too! I had to stop calling The Boss Glen #2 when we first got married when I talked to others, becuase he didn't like it! LOL.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 9:38:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Glen 1 & 2... that is so funny. Well, at least you will not get into trouble if you call out the wrong name while in the middle of a good dream! LOL

Zoo Atlanta has a "Test your Knowledge" sign at each exhibit. The Saint and I got most of them correct. We have always watched a lot of stuff on TV about animals of different types. We learned a lot about the animals by doing the quiz at each station... Was fun too.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 5:04:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, great photo! So cute! I'mwith all on mixed feeling about the Zoos.

Adrienne, please forgive me but got to tease you a bit. On your typo of paking, are you from New Jersey? I mean do you pac your caar in a paking lot? Ha,sorry couldn't resist taht one. And since I make so many typos I'm in the running for any comments anyone ever wants to make to me.
on the Big cats thing in Texas, what happens when the novelty wears off and they no longer want them, what do they do then? I sure hope they are by law made to take them to a rescue.
Sandy, Glen#1 and Glen#2, that's funny. I can relate a bit since Fly Boy's girlfriend before me was a Pam as well. He never had to worry about calling me the wrong name. Course I never knew if he was thinking about her in the beginning either but after all these years I think I'm safe, ha.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

That is a cute picture Skeeter. I was wondering how the visit with the baby panda went. Hard to believe it started life the same size as a stick of butter-smaller than a human infant.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 9:23:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Pam, Get your Kleenex and watch Animal Planet. I think the show is Animal Rescues or something like that; anyway, the shows I have watched were in Houston, TX. When bored of the big cats, they neglect them in small cages with little to no food until someone notices them and reports them to Animal control. They usually confiscate the animals and rehab them and find them a new home. The owners get fined or jail time depending on the severity of the neglect. In my book neglect is neglect and all should be jailed! It is horrible for me to see the horse’s neglected as well as dogs and cats. I can hardly watch the show but get caught up in it when I am surfing and stop on something that catches my eye. The show jumps from case to case so in order to see the end result of the thing you were interested in, you must endure the other horrible stories as well. I end up crying by the end of the show. I don’t know how people can do such horrible things to such precious gifts of God….

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 8:55:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Pam, the "paak the caar in the yaad" accent is from Boston/Mass, not New Joisy. :)

But we Yankees understand you Southerners lump us all together. LOL.

Thursday, October 04, 2007 10:09:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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