Oh, have I had a lovely day! It’s my birthday so I played hooky from work and went out to play.
First stop, the Zoo. I’m not a great lover of the concept of zoos but I think the one in Sydney has got it about right. It’s run mainly as a brothel for the animal kingdom. Bring endangered species into the country, introduce them to others of the opposite sex and then sit back and wait for the babies. As soon as they hear they’re being shipped to Sydney, these animals must be rubbing their hands (or paws or whatever) in anticipation of the pleasures that are awaiting them. And the noise at night must be deafening.
On 5th July, an Asian elephant calf was born – the first in Australia. And I really wanted to see him as I love elephants. Unfortunately he didn’t appear to feel the same way about me and I couldn’t get him to look me in the face. But isn’t he gorgeous? His name is Luk Chai and his mother is Thong Dee
And this is his father, who has so far thoroughly enjoyed his time in Sydney as he’s fathered another calf (by a different elephant) expected in November 2010.
And this is what his mother and aunts thought of me:
‘We did find time to have a look at some of my other favourites –
Gorilla with baby. a beautiful giraffe, a red panda, meerkats and a stunning peacock.
And of course we finished with “my” animal. I was born under the star sign of Leo and in the Chinese Year Of the Tiger, so if I believed in any of that rubbish, it may explain why I love cats, big or small.
And then a proper afternoon tea, but I’ll tell you about that next time.