On Friday morning Ashwini texted me with instructions to meet her at the zoo in an hour. “But that’s so soon,” I said. “But the pandas wake up early!” she said. So, I quickly dressed and headed up to Woodley Park to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
Just as I got to the zoo, Ashwini texted me with some bad news. The giant pandas had been put away for their week of breeding. Meh. I wasn’t too disappointed though – the pandas are a little boring anyway, all they do is stay in the shade and sleep. I was more excited to see the elephants. The new Asian Elephant Exhibit was finally finished!
My map reading and navigation skills have never been any good, so of course I got lost trying to find Ashwini and her family over by the Red Pandas. I was ready to give up the quest and tell her to find me by the elephants, when I caught up with them. The red panda was asleep in a tree, but a crowd started gathering by the Giant Panda Exhibit. One of the giant pandas had been let out and he started rubbing his butt on everything. I guess that’s part of the mating ritual. At least we got to see a giant panda.