Thursday, February 4, 2010

Why We're Going to the Philadelphia Zoo

I live in the DC area, and love the fact that there are so many free resources available to residents and tourists alike, but, I'm just saying, you kind of get that library computer lab dynamic a little more than you'd generally prefer. Tai Shan, a panda born and raised at the National Zoo, left for China today. As part of its coverage, the Post featured some folks who... hell I don't know what to call it. Here, look:
Nguyen has photographed Tai Shan many times, 1,500 shots on a good day, 200 when things were slow. Weekends. Days off. Vacations. For four years, since right after he was born, she has been one of his most zealous fans -- entranced by his life, and how it illuminated hers.
Wednesday, the last day for the public to see Tai Shan, was wrenching for Nguyen and other hard-core devotees -- people who have haunted the panda house for four years, filled their homes with panda artifacts and taken tens of thousands of panda pictures.
Many were inconsolable as zoo security officers ushered them out of the panda house at 4:30 p.m. "A piece of me is being ripped away," said a distraught Christie Harper of Derwood. "Tai is one of a kind. There's never going to be another bear like him."
Walking down the curving wet sidewalk, others wept and embraced as if they had lost a loved one.
 Can you imagine bringing Roy Halladay to this freak show? Me, neither. Yeesh.

And this, too...

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