Absolutely 100% I would
I would prefer if all animals were free to roam safely in there natural environments. I don't think anyone on earth wouldn't agree with that. I wish we didn't have a need for zoo's But I think they can play an important role in education, conservation and in some cases to help repopulate a species. The safari trip in Africa is on the bucket list so hopefully one day I have the chance to see animals out in the wild.
For purely selfish reasons, I like going to the zoo because its good practice. On this day Africa may have been a better choice…and by that I mean faster. It took 3 not exactly express speed trains and a taxi ride to get from my home in Sri Petaling to the Zoo Negara (National Zoo) in the North-east corner of KL. I had three, lets call them targets for want of a better word. One was a rhino…for a friend who likes rhinos. Second was a tiger…strangely enough for a friend who likes tigers. And third, the as yet unnamed baby panda that was naturally conceived by Liang Liang and Xing Xing. (No matter what you name a pet, it'll never be as awesome as the names they give Panda's).
The panda part of the trip was nearly over before it began. The panda habitat is only open for an hour, in three 20minute showings. I only just caught the last one. This was after paying a significantly higher entrance price for not being a local. It was in the price structure so I'm not complaining. I thought for a few seconds to argue “but I live here” but thought better of it.
So what can I say about a baby panda that photos won't express a million times better? The degree of cuteness was as high as you can possible get. But his mum, Xiang Xiang wasn't quite as impressed as those on the viewing platform. On several occasions her daughter would crawl under the bamboo bushes to play and search for small pieces put there by the keepers. And if she was out of sight, mum would stomp into the bush, dragging her cub into clear view with her jaws gently clenched on a fold of fur on the cubs back leg. Seconds later the cub would head back under cover and the process would be repeated.
It was during this little game of hide and seek that I put the camera by my side & enjoyed the show. It was no longer a practice session (yep, that what I call them). I didn't need to capture this mother-daughter moment on camera. Sometimes its good to enjoy the moment and let it soak in.
I mean, how often do you see panda parenting like this in action :)
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Absolutely 100% I would