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30 March 2011 @ 08:19 pm
okay, I fibbed.  

Faith and I are still getting the interview and other goodies sorted out, so I fibbed. Instead of Walker Papers goodies today, you get Dublin Zoo photographs.

First off, apparently the baby gorilla we saw today was BRAND NEW! Born on Sunday! So here’s a 3 day old baby gorilla, so new they don’t even know if it’s a boy or a girl yet!:

I’ll put the rest behind the cut, and you can go check out the full set here, if you want. :)

Tiger says “Yuck”
Tiger Says Ugh

I’m just a sucker for herons.
Heron With Hair in the Wind

I wish I’d been being arty and cool with this, but really I just overexposed what otherwise would’ve been the best picture I’ve ever taken of a robin.
Robin, Bleached

The red panda was awake! The red panda at Fota is never awake, and also hides in the tree, so this was very exciting to me!

There are a surprising number of flowers in common between Alaska and Ireland. Today, for example, I found a fine crop of Alaska’s state flower a-bloom at the Dublin zoo…

And speaking of things in common…

(x-posted from the essential kit)
bookmobilerbookmobiler on March 30th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
so new they don’t even know if it’s a boy or a girl yet!:
Translation: Moma G wont let them get close enough to to check.
kitmizkit on March 30th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: so new they don’t even know if it’s a boy or a girl yet!:
RIght. :)
Mary Annepers1stence on March 30th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Is it the same variety of Forget Me Not? The alaskan ones, if i recall correctly (and i may not), have a little bit of a burr to them, to help carry the seeds along...
Sionainn: celtic knotsionainn on March 30th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
I was never more surprised when I was in Scotland lo these many years ago, as when the bus pulled up to the very Loch Lomond of legend & song, there in the foreground were FIREWEED!! Not as big and hale as Alaskan ones but they were there... in Scotland.

I know, I know... it's not like they are that unusual of a weed but it was such a shock to see something so familiar at a place that is legend to me.
Sionainnsionainn on March 30th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I also saw Sitka Spruce (verified the species with both the very knowledgeable guide and a fellow tour passenger/horticulturalist) and many grasses and ferns that tend to grow up here.

So we'd be driving along the Highlands and I would see flora & landscape similar to Alaska when all of a sudden... a CASTLE would appear out of nowhere. Darn sneaky castles!
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on April 1st, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Darn sneaky castles!

Hee! :D
I AM SHERLOCKEDi_amsherlocked on March 31st, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Aw! My nursling was enchanted by mama gorilla and newborn!
Vitali KovalenkoVitali Kovalenko on March 31st, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Red Pandas are daysleepers: http://paradoxoff.com/red-panda-is-the-real-firefox.html
It explains why the one you have shot is looking so annoyed and sleepy :)