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June 25, 2009

This Wonderful Life: Posey and Bee Go to Washington

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The lions were characteristically sleepy, and too far away to be all that impressive to the girls. I would not have wanted them to be any closer, mind you. Posey made a clicking sound — the same one she uses to get our house cat’s attention — when I raised the camera to get a photo.



In the Think Tank, an exhibit devoted to exploration of animal thought, tools, language and society, we watched an orangutan cover itself with a sheet, twirl on a rope, then sneak across the floor, still under the sheet, to the other orangutan in the enclosure, then cover its roommate with the sheet, too. Posey and Bee laughed at the antics, which reminded me of the games they play. ``Dad’s home, quick, get under the blanket and hide!’’



In the Reptile Discovery Center, we stopped in front of each window and searched the branches and little ponds for the creatures in the exhibit photos.



``There it is — behind the twigs! He’s in the water with just his eyes sticking out! He’s on the branch and he looks like the leaves.’’



Like everyone who visits the Zoo, we were most excited to see the Giant Pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Our last trip to the Zoo was when Bee was 18- months old. Pandas have always been her favorite animals, and we were disappointed that both pandas were solidly asleep when we visited. What do they think they are — lions? I prepared the girls for a similar experience this time, but instead we found them to be very active, lumbering around their indoor spaces, eating bamboo, scratching their backsides on the rocks. We even got to watch them enjoy the supersized frozen fruitsicles their keepers provide. That was my favorite part of the visit.

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