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The Night with Firecrackers

2 March 2007

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...)

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