Fences: Good for People and Pandas

What do you think about the new Asia Trails section of the National Zoo, the $53 million renovation of nearly six acres that doubles the zoo’s three panda’s exhibits?

Have you had a chance to see panda cub Tai Shan? Or what about the Red Pandas or Fishing Cats? Better yet, the elusive clouded leopards?

I’ve checked out the Asia Trail developments on my weekly runs through the Zoo and recently, one angle caught my eye. Look at this photo for a moment. What seems odd to you?

Might it be a little weird to see such security for a Zoo animal? Might the pandas be a little distractive or at least superstar status with such fencing, security cameras, and overall inaccessibility. It’s not like the prairie dogs or Bengal tigers have such a human contact barrier.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Married, mortgaged, and soon to be a father, Wayan Vota is in the fast lane to mid-life respectability – until the day his brood finds his intimate journal of global traveling and curses him with the ever-eternal reply “I’m gonna be just like you, Dad!”

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