Twenty years ago I had the opportunity
to fly to Hong Kong and return to Toronto with
two pandas coming to the Metro Zoo. I thought I'd see some pandas on
their home turf,
so I took a bus to the Beijing Zoo. The bus fare is only about 15 cents
CDN, but I ended
up standing the entire 80-minute trip. Looking at a Beijing map, it's
easy to think of it
as the same size as Toronto, but everything is spread VERY far apart.
When I reached the zoo, only two pandas were out and both were asleep.
One was hidden
in some bushes and the other was on its back, displaying its genitals
to visitors. I waited
about 90 minutes and was rewarded with a little wander by one of the
pandas, who decided
it was time for lunch.
They love bamboo, which is a reason for the old joke:
Why is a panda like a typical man? He eats shoots and leaves!
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