My boyfriend gets called Panda by one of his best mates because his favourite animals are giant pandas. When we got together, his mate started calling me Mrs. Panda, which got shortened to Mrs. P. which he still calls me by (we’ve been together three and half years me and “Panda” *lol*)
He’d never seen one before, but longed to. When we went on holiday to Madrid in February of this year (2010) we went along to it’s theme park. However once we got to the gates we seen a sign for Madrid Zoo… with a panda on it! That was it. We had to investigate! He lit up… he dug out his iPhone 3GS and with great excitement showing on his face he turned on the “data roaming” function and “Googled” Madrid Zoo. There it was. Pandas… in Madrid Zoo and it was right next door to the theme park we were now in!
So we did the theme park rides as quick as we could, which wasn’t difficult. Many of them weren’t open due to the time of year. We then went to Madrid Zoo.
It was an amazing zoo!! The first thing we did though was buy a map, find the pandas and head over there!!
His face when he seen the a panda for the first time! Don’t think I’ll forget it!
I fell in love too… with the Giant Pandas! Was already in love with the Panda loving dafty. The way the pandas rolled around… reminded me of kittens or puppies in their mannerisms! So big though, yet so fluffy looking! So cute!! Gotta be seen in real life to fully appreciate these glorious animals.
Here’s a couple of photos of us with one of the pandas – the female Hua Zuiba.
Hua Zuiba was born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September the 16th 2003. Her name means Beauty Mouth in Chinese. Hua Zuiba’s studbook number is 576. Her mother is Cheng Cheng is 297 and her father, Ping Ping is number 377. She came to Madrid Zoo, with a male – Bing Xing, on September 8th 2007. A few months after Madrid Zoo moved into the new purpose built modern zoo in a new spacious setting on the outskirts of the city.
Unfortunately I dropped my camera and broke it in the zoo so we had to make do with the iPhone as a camera!
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