珍珍 Precious

By greenteapanda

November 28, 2007

Category: Animals

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I found it quite interesting that the San Diego Zoo decided to name the latest panda cub born there 珍珍. It so happens that the Kunming Zoo had a panda by that same name. When I got to Kunming, the panda had long since passed away. Only a sign saying to cherish the memory remained.

It was kind of like a sad nursing home story as well. This page with pictures says the age in 2003 (before her death) was equivalent to a human in their 70s. Apparently she was the only panda in all of Yunnan Province. Old and alone. Pandas often like the alone part, but they also like space. The pen in the Kunming Zoo wasn’t particularly big. Then again, the Kunming Zoo’s strength is based upon the huge number of peacocks roaming around, not any bears.

In other words, the panda’s fate belied its name. I hope the same doesn’t happen with the baby panda currently living at the San Diego Zoo.

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