Some interesting facts about pandas

Panda at the National Zoo

Seeing the pandas at the National Zoo was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Washington, D.C. This fellow in particular put on quite a show. It’s hard to tell, but in this picture he is actually scratching his generous backside on a rock. That’s more appealing than what he did next, which was to turn around and poop in the general direction of his audience.

Did you know that panda poop looks like large green lemons? It also doesn’t smell since it’s primarily made up of chewed up bamboo.

Well, you can thank me for the educational moment. If your kids are like mine, they would be simultaneously delighted and disgusted to see this nature fact in action.

Much more about our visit to the zoo next week. And there’s more too! I’m going to spend the weekend working on a photo book of our 2010 England trip at Shutterfly and will share the results on Monday. Come back to read about it and get a chance to win one yourself.

Also: A few friendly reminders. Today is the last day to participate in the pre-launch Go Select pass sale at Smart Destinations. You can get discounts on attractions in five different cities.

And there’s till time to enter to win a credit toward a fabulous trip for two with Austin-Lehman adventures.

OK, that’s enough homework for a Friday. If you’d rather just get a jump start on your weekend by looking at some pictures, why not stop over at Delicious Baby for Photo Friday?

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  1. Ummmm, thanks for the info. That’s just the kind of thing that my boys would find amazingly interesting. We’ll be stopping in D.C. next year on a road trip and I have been taking notes and learning lots from your recent posts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I find Panda’s fascinating. We have a video all about them and some of the things they do, makes me wonder if they are a bear or another animal!

    My son loves pandas!

  3. Another fact – pandas are so cute! Great photo.

  4. Awww, what a cute photo, I love pandas. I used to work at a zoo and was always amazed at how a pooping animal never failed to entertain his audience.

  5. Loving all the posts on Washington DC – especially since we did almost the same stuff! Hope your pandas were more active than the sleepy ones we saw!

  6. I remember seeing the pandas in DC years ago…and also years ago when they were on loan to the Toledo Zoo in Ohio. I’d love to see them again…as for the poop scoop…TMI :lol:

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