January 27, 2007

Bala the Sloth Bear's First Birthday

I finally fixed my camera and was able to pull some photos from our trip to the National Zoo earlier this month. The day we went was a special one; it was the first birthday of Balawat, the zoo's newly relocated sloth bear cub. The zoo finished a new Asia Trail last October, and the sloth bear family made the move to two modern enclosures (not to mention the fishing cats, clawed otters, red pandas and giant pandas - including little sleepy Tai Shan).

They had a birthday card to sign,


and Heather oblidged with a little portrait.



Meanwhile, Bala celebrated with some good, old fashioned mischief:


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