Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pandamania Coming To Town

The following item appeared in the December 4, 2005 edition of the Washington Post:
Tai Shan Set for Public Viewing

"The National Zoo's giant panda cub, Tai Shan, goes on public view Thursday for those who have obtained tickets to the Panda House via the zoo's Web site. More than 40,000 free, timed-entry tickets have been made available through Jan. 8.

"More than 13,000 tickets have been distributed to the general public. An additional 27,000 tickets have been offered to members of Friends of the National Zoo, a zoo support organization. Several thousand of those are available, FONZ said, and will be offered again to members next week.

"A limited number of same-day tickets will be available for zoo visitors.

"Members of the public who have tickets will have to show identification that matches the name on the ticket. Zoo officials said they are doing this to discourage selling of the tickets for profit and to guard against ticket duplication.

"'We urge panda fans to wait for additional free tickets to become available rather than spending money on what is intended to be a free ticket,' FONZ spokesman Matt Olear said in a statement. 'As Tai Shan matures and becomes more active and independent, not only will we extend viewing hours, but members of the public will likely have an even greater opportunity to see the cub.'"
Tai Shan is the cutest thing ever! Nearly every day, we here in the Washinton area get to see his antics on television. We ooh and aah and say, "I don't want to give him back." After all, he was born here. Doesn't natural birthright make Tai Shan an American citizen?

Washingtonians are suckers for panda stories. After all, Tai Shan is the first panda born at the National Zoo to survive more than just a short time.

For pictures of Tai Shan, go here to click on each week on the left sidebar. Each week also has information to read in the text in the center of each week's window.


At 12/07/2005 11:30 PM, Anonymous felis said...

Very, very cute.
I can watch animals forever.
Wish I could work with them

At 12/08/2005 11:00 AM, Blogger Kyle said...

Guess there is something wrong with me, but being an old Cajun, all I can think of when I see a Panda, is; "What would that taste like in a Gumbo or Sauce Piquant?"

At 12/08/2005 11:21 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Tai Shan is a ROCK STAR!!!!!!!

At 12/09/2005 12:43 AM, Blogger samwich said...

OFF TOPIC: 16:32HRS 8 DEC 2005

The United Nations held a "Day of Soildarity" with the Palestinian People last week.
A large map of "Palestine" with Israel literally wiped off the map, featured prominently in the festivities.

At 12/09/2005 12:45 AM, Blogger samwich said...

Kyle, it tastes like greasy stringy dog with bamboo shoots.

Don't ask!


At 12/09/2005 7:14 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I saw that info about the map and Israel.

hasen/spages/655548.html :

...Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his remarks Thursday in Saudi Arabia, where he was attending an Islamic summit....

"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail," IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

"Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, we ask the Europeans: Is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?"

"If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe - like in Germany, Austria or other countries -- to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it," he added....

At 12/09/2005 11:21 AM, Blogger G_in_AL said...

Why are Pandas so shy about getting it on in the zoo?

At 12/09/2005 2:30 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Good question! Modesty? Too many bamboo shoots availiable? The previous pair did nothing much except sleep and eat, and were a bit of a disppointment to us locals.

Monkeys don't seen to have any shyness about sexual matters.

Tai Shan put on quite a cute show yesterday for his first public appearance. His photo, which showed him adorably lounging on a rock was the lead photo, above the fold, in today's print edition of the Wahington Post.

At 12/09/2005 2:31 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Typo! Washington.

At 12/09/2005 3:34 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Panda's definitely like keeping their sexual activity private unlike our primate cousins. I've felt embarrassed more than once while observing the chimpanzees with my daughter.
On that side subject, I've pretty much given up on UN. After we were kicked off the Human Rights Commission and Syria, Sudan and a couple of other countries were voted in on a secret ballot, I knew it was a waste of our taxpayer money. The United States share of the UN's yearly operating budget is 22% and that doesn't count money we contribute to many UN charities.

At 12/09/2005 4:37 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

Wow guys!
I can see it's true you cannot keep good men away from politics.

At 12/09/2005 9:30 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I know what you mean by getting embarrassed at the Monkey House. Once I took a group of third graders to the National Zoo and the goings-on were so pronounced that I had to hustle the kids out. I had a whole lot of questions from the kids the next day in class and hedged on most of them.

The U.N. is losing all credibility. A few years ago, my debate class had the topic Resolved: That the U.N. should be abolished. I don't see much point in using that topic this year--it's a sure win for the affirmatives this time.

At 12/11/2005 12:59 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I have to admit that even I want to check the little thing out.


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