It is said that one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure,
and one guy’s hope can be another guy’s dope.
On the New Year’s Eve, Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei
province in the central China, reverberated with cheers
and firecrackers, and the deafening exhilaration intensified
when the midnight approached. While this was all exciting
to the men (and wo-men) in the city, it was terrifying
to the non-men in the zoo.
A giant panda named Qingqing (庆庆) reportedly woke up to
the sound of explosions and got hysterical, refusing to
go back to bed again. In the other part of the zoo five
peacocks used this opportunity to play out a real-life
drama of great escape.
Qingqing at the Wuhan Zoo
A happy fella until the sound of terror scared the
hell out of him ... for nothing
After having received hours-long trauma counseling from
his carer and being comforted with snacks and head-massage,
the frantic Qingqing eventually calmed down. Yet the story
with the high fly escapees is not that simple. One landed
in the foyer of a grand hotel, but his unusual appearance
immediately raised the suspicion of the receptionist; consequently
instead of offering the guest a room, he phoned the zoo,
and that cut short the fugitive's courageous adventure
. As for the other four, by the time the Chinese report
was published, they remained at large.
Birds at the Wuhan Zoo, feeling at
home and ignoring the scaremongers
Perhaps it can also be said that one species’ enjoyment
could be another species’ torment, and one group’s firecrackers
might be another group’s firearms. Hmmmm ……. (作沉思状...)
of the Fifth Day
Luck in 2007 - Dragon