Sharing moments in time…

A rare opportunity – Baby Panda Pics!

My good friend ,(and even better neighbor) Mike, called me last week to invite me to a special viewing of the San Diego Zoo’s baby panda.  The baby is named Xiao Liwu which means “little gift” and he is 5 months old.  He has not yet been allowed out to be seen by the public so this was a great opportunity.  We were allowed into his “classroom” area where he is being acclimated to being out with the visitors and public.  There were about 50 or 60 enthusiastic zoo patrons invited to the viewing and everyone was thrilled.   The Little Gift lost no time in winning everyone’s hearts – he was up in a tree when we were let in and had to figure out how to get down.  After trying many different methods he finally worked his way down and sort of rolled back onto the ground.  For the next half hour or so, he examined the entire environment of his enclosure and played with everything around him.  He was definitely exploring the new world with wide, inquisitive eyes – what a great sight to see.  I’m glad to be able to share my photos with you….

"now how do I get down?"

“now how do I get down?”

Here’s a full body shot of the little ball of fur – weighing in at a full 15 pounds….

Definition of Cute

Definition of Cute


23 responses

  1. David

    Mike must have misplaced MY phone number! 😉 Great opportunity, and very cute.

    January 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

    • Thanks David – I’ll tell Mike that you get the next one……

      January 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  2. Troppo bello !

    January 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

    • Max – couldn’t have said it better myself….(even though I had to look at the translation) 🙂

      January 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      • O yes, sorry… I thought that visiting Italy you have heared these words and the definitive meaning 😉

        January 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      • Max – no worries. Thanks for adding to my vocabulary.

        January 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

  3. What a great opportunity! Adorable!

    January 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

  4. The pictures of the baby panda are adorable and now I want one too. Thank you for sharing baby panda with all of us who won’t be able to visit San Diego any time soon.

    January 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

  5. Reblogged this on Blogging from the Mas and commented:
    Thank you Scott for sharing this wonderful picture with us.

    January 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

    • My Pleasure Judy – and thanks for the reblog. I enjoyed visiting Provence this last summer – you live in a great area!

      January 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  6. Such a thoughtful little face!

    January 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    • Mary, Every photo I took had those incredible wide eyes – every second seemed like a new discovery for him.

      January 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  7. Adorable…

    January 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    • Desiree – he definitely is – although he’s a little dirty being that close to the wet ground…

      January 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

  8. How amazing and beautiful – just the most wonderful bundle of fur 🙂

    Thanks for sharing

    January 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    • My pleasure Laura!

      January 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      • I caught the end, or middle, of a programme last night that discussed whether we should give up on the conservation of pandas because they ‘don’t help themselves’ – yes, on the one hand I understand tons of money is donated towards them that could be used to promote the continuation of other species as well but I don’t see how we can prioritise life like that? Surely if we are willing to save one species, we should be willing to save them all?

        And who could resist something so beautiful as that wee thing

        January 9, 2013 at 4:28 am

      • Laura,
        I’m for saving them all – the panda is just a very good “poster boy”…..

        January 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      • Exactly what I thought 🙂

        January 10, 2013 at 5:57 am

  9. I have to say it … ahhhhhhh. What a great opportunity.

    January 9, 2013 at 6:27 am

    • Lynne,
      The CBS morning show today had a nice piece on him. You can probably access it from the CBS site.

      January 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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