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sickly cuteness alert

Yesterday P and I went to the zoo. Now, Dublin Zoo is much improved these days, and is part of an international conservation programme which breeds endangered beasts, and so does not bring on an attack of the animal-loving liberal guilts. Which is a good thing, because it contains the two cutest things in the world.

The first of these things is...a tiger cub. We were lucky; the tiger cub wanders in and out of its windowed shelter, and when it's not at the front room of that shelter, the public can't see it. But when we arrived, it was in front of its window, playing with a log, and it was just amazing. It wasn't that large, but it was obviously a small big thing, if you know what I mean. it was about the size of a labrador, but its paws and its jaws were huge. At the same time, it was playing like a kitten, and it was freaky to see normal feline behaviour on such a large scale. And of course, very cute.

The second cute thing was....a baby chimpanzee. Seriously, if there is a cuter thing than a ten month old chimpanzee, I don't want to see it, because I think I would be overwhelmed with cuteness. This one was being reared on its own because its mother had rejected it, and so the other chimps would do so too, so it lives on its own with its keepers, and gets taken in to look at the female chimpanzees every day to observe their behaviour. It was an enchanting little creature - it had such a jolly little pink face, and such sturdy hairy limbs, and it was so obviously a baby, with its slightly large head and its lack of coordination. And it looked so happy, swinging on its cool swing/rope combo. It was the most adorable thing I have ever seen in my life, and I wish I could steal it and take it home. Although I think Ju Ju might be a bit freaked out...


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Feb. 9th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
Oh! I shall die of the cuteness, even just in report. And I should go to the zoo - I haven't been since being guilt-stricken by a sorrowful, massive silverback gorilla looking at me in Washington Zoo ten years ago. He was behind glass, and he was standing up, resting one forearm on the glass and his forehead on his forearm, and just looking at all the gawking people - so huge and quiet and dignified and close. I apologised and left. (Yes, I really did apologise.)

But, my friend Anna-who-isn't-you worked at Edinburgh Zoo and assures me that they are similarly conservation-minded and groovy, and now I want to go to the zoo. Baby chimps! Huge kittens! I wonder if the stepchen will allow herself to be taken to the zoo?
Feb. 9th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
Go whether she does or not! Just imagine, there might be a darling little chimp baby there and if you don't go soon it will have outgrown its extreme cuteness (of course, it will still be a worthwhile and charming chimp, but still, not half as squee-inducingly adorable).

I understand the apology. I hate when dignified animals are made to look ridiculous. Luckily, these days all the beasts in Dublin Zoo have plenty of space to roam - and hide, if they feel the urge.
Feb. 9th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC)
Did you really apologize? *has decided that brandnewgun is a wonderful human being, possibly cancelling out the twits encountered on the highway this morning*
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
I really did - not in a bowing-down sort of way, but I think I sort of muttered "oh, sorry", and left. I'd just shuffled in along with a whole crowd of people who were all going on to whatever the next thing was, and then I looked up and there was this immense, beautiful gorilla just looking at us from about three feet away. I felt like I'd accidentally walked into his living room, and reacted accordingly.

However, I doubt "wonderful" is the word for it...
Feb. 10th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
That is one of the reasons I do not like the National Zoo (Washington, D.C.). Reading how you described it is so sad and touching my eyes watered up. You are a wonderful person.
Feb. 9th, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
Ooh, zoo! I could come to the zoo with you, if the stepchen doesn't fancy it and you don't want to go on your own... Been a long time since I went to the zoo.
Feb. 9th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)
...a tiger cub

Awwww! Kitty!
Feb. 9th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
The baby tiger! I saw it in the late autumn, and it was rushing in and out of its front room like a kitten that just has to be here and then has to be there. Did you see the gorilla baby? When I saw it it was being held by its mother and an older sibling? cousin? was trying to see it and poke it, and was eventually given a clip on the ear and sent off to sulk.

The zoo is so much better, it's beyond belief. I hadn't been in years, but I was very glad I went.
Feb. 9th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Yes! I forgot to mention it, because I was still in awe of the extreme cuteness and close-upness of the other two. It was adorable, but rather far away, as it was cavorting in a huge hammock at the back of the gorillas' indoor lair.

Go and see the chimp baby! Seriously, it's the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life.

Are you free on Thursday evening, by the way? Patrick's band are playing in the Buttery and Small H and I are going! Give me a ring/text if you feel like joining us...
Feb. 9th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
I must see these babies before they become angst-filled teens!

Ooh, yes - I definitely want to come along on Thursday! I'll force my evil phone to work and get in contact (it's on its last legs, the useless thing).
Feb. 10th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
Oh, arse, I won't be able to come, as our cheesy Vivaldi concert is conflicting with the splendour of the NPB. Rats! We'll be trying to drown each other out across Front Square... Text me when you're done, though, so I know where you'll be hanging out after - I may yet join ye.
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