A young female panda at Berlin Zoo is being set up with a male lover in the hope that sex will help cure her unusual habit of walking backwards. Zookeepers believe the frustrations associated with life in captivity may be behind four-year-old Meng Meng's strange afflicition. They hope being romanced by Jiao Qing, a panda three years her senior, will literally help her to move forward. "Meng Meng is in puberty," Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. "The reverse walk is a protest against things she dislikes, be it the food or the carers."
Post by Admin_Vistamike on Nov 6, 2017 16:01:03 GMT
Well I hope Meng Meng won't end up like Knut, the celebrated little bear Stella and were lucky to see in 2009. We were privileged on that visit to see the little thing come out to play for a short while. Knut was an orphaned polar bear rejected by his mother. Born in captivity, he was reared by the zoo keepers but in 2011 he drowned after falling into the water after suffering a collapse. The 'trademarking' of Knut was widely criticised but the Tiergarten raised much needed revenue. The tourism was overwhelming and Stella and are guilty of that. TOO much care perhaps was given to to Knut, he passed away at the age of 4, never really finding his real place in history. He was perhaps 'overcared' for by well meaning zoo assistants. That was a step back.
As a kid I was taken to zoos, London, and so called safari parks but I can't say as a kid I really enjoyed the 'enclosed' animals. In fact it was many years before going to another zoo again; Selwo Aventura ( www.selwo.es/es ) in Estepona, Malaga in 2008 and then the Tiergarten ( www.visitberlin.de/en/tiergarten ) in 2009. I have no wish to return to either. Selwo was actually very well presented with much open space, yep lions roam.
I have seen animals in the wild in Southern Africa, SA, Zim & Botswana. The only shooter then used was a 35mm Olympus camera BTW!!