Giant Pandas Were the Only National Zoo Animals Who Didn’t React to the Earthquake


While the rest of the animals at the National Zoo in D.C. freaked out about yesterday’s earthquake, the giant pandas were just sitting around, totally indifferent. If they even noticed. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian were just lolling about on their adorable well-padded rear ends while the other animals shrieked and “belch-vocalized” and generally carried on.

This National Zoo press release says that “According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.” The only other animals apart from the panda couple who didn’t have a strong reaction were the cuttlefish.

Meanwhile, the orangutans were “belch vocalizing” (“an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation”); a mama gorilla ran up a tree with her baby; the red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call, as did the howler monkeys; a giant elephant shrew would not come out of his hiding place all afternoon; horribly, the snakes began writhing; a tiger jumped; beavers stood on their hind legs; flamingos huddled together; deer were agitated; and a Komodo dragon named Murphy sought shelter inside.

Which is really nothing compared to Cy Vance’s press conference.

[National Zoo]

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