It was a beautiful and sunny day at the Giant Panda Research Center at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, July 2. Yun Zi was quite active. The keepers placed ice in his pond and hid some biscuits and bamboo among the dozens of cubes. He had a blast sprawling all over it, searching for his treats. At one point Yun Zi picked up a large piece of melted cubes and placed it on top of his chest. He tried to break it by biting it. Realizing it wasn’t working out so well, he placed the ice on top of his head. It finally broke in two pieces behind him. He then decided to try a somersault in the ice, but that didn’t go well, either! For the rest of the afternoon he sat in his hammock and ate bamboo.
Gao Gao took a well-deserved nap on top of his water dish. Some guests thought he was drinking from it, and they didn’t believe me when I told them he was sleeping. He couldn’t wait for the keeper’s arrival so he could eat more bamboo. Once they replenished his supply, he was as happy as can be, sitting in his pond and eating his meal.
Alyssa Medeiros is a panda narrator at the San Diego Zoo. Read her previous post, Panda Excitement.