Tai Shan Flies to China
It was an emotional day, even for seasoned Zoo staff accustomed to animals coming and going. But Tai Shan is different. His departure ellicted tearful farewells from school children and maintenance workers alike. “He’s an exceptional animal,” said associate director of animal care Don Moore in the public affairs office, as we watched the panda board the plane on live CNN.
I arrived at the Zoo early this morning, though not as early as media who got there at 4, and eventually stationed myself on top of a big green thing and snapped a couple shots as the truck pulled into Connecticut Avenue traffic. The street was unexpectedly quiet, and noone threw themselves in front of the FedEx truck, which was good. My goal was to get both the FedEx truck and the Zoo sign in the frame, which I achieved at least once.