Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Million Dollar Baby

I've been watching the baby panda on the National Zoo's web site, and it's addictive. He's grown so much since his "stick of butter" birth. A friend of mine said "What a world we live in where you can watch a beheading on live feed, or watch a baby panda being cradled and fed." I said, "Uh...I'll take the panda every time."

Some are lobbying to name the baby "Butterstick" (his appearance at birth), but I think they should name him "Worth His Weight In Gold," since we pay the Chinese gov
ernment a million a year for the privilege of having the pandas around. My friend and I were watching Mommy, Mei Xiang, eat bamboo late last night, and we were talking about how we would never allow bamboo in our yards due to it's invasive properties. I was talking to a shrub specialist at a local nursery once, and he told me if you ever grow bamboo in your yard, be prepared to hire a backhoe to prune it or remove it. Ornamental bamboo shrubs in the Nandina family, however, can be a wonderful addition and add great color in the autumn.

I made a card for my friend to mark our conversation. The entire time I was drawing and painting, I had the web cam up, and I was listening to the baby's grunts, snuffles and squeals.
Enough. This entry is turning into one huge AWWWWW moment...


Blogger DC Cookie said...

Sadly, I've been in DC for six years and never been to the zoo. I'm now inspired...

1:01 PM  
Blogger Miss Penny Lane said...

Cookie! Say it ain't so!! Well, then again, I used to live across the street from the zoo and now, in CP, I don't live much further. Plus, I have two nephews and The Chef's son, so we spend a lot of time there. Definitely go, but not on a weekend in the summer (too many trailor trash tourists hitting their kids) and not on a super hot day (lots of hills). Amazonia is very, very cool, and worth the trek all the way down down down to the end of the zoo.

WC--the cameras are at capacity now and won't let anyone new on. I think you've started something! ;)

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DC Cookie, we will have to plan an outing to the zoo because I haven't been either.
In fact, I cannot even tell you the last time I have been to a zoo.
I've always have been fascinated with pandas, though. They are so cute and's all good.

5:19 PM  

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