Doing battle with daily dragons

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Panda Cam

This morning, while wading through files, I've been watching pandas.

The National Zoo in Washington has been trying for a baby panda for yonks. The two ancients Ling Ling and Tsing Tsing never had a cub that survived for more than a few days, so when the two new recruits, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian had one earlier this year, no one got terribly excited. However, as the cub, Tai Shan, has just passed his first 100 days, (A Chinese milestone in panda development, apparently, after which they can be named) everyone is pretty darned pleased about it.

The National Zoo has set up a fab webcam that lets you peek into the panda den to get a glimpse of mother and baby. I've tried having a look at this camera at various points in the week, but the bandwidth is usually pretty heavy. However, since most of the US isn't awake yet, the camera is streaming well and the pandas seem to be engaging in a bit of gentle smack-down wrestling.

A nice diversion if you have a few minutes! I am overcome with cute.