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D.C. Pandas Don’t Care About Earthquakes

Thanks to the District's excessive use of social media, we've pretty much heard how every person here (or the entire East Coast) reacted to the earthquake yesterday. Thanks to the National Zoo, we now know how the animals in captivity weathered the 30 seconds of terror.

The Zoo staff released a list of some of the animal responses as the ground started rumbling. The apes had some warning and didn't mess around:

  • About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
  • About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
  • Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.

Beavers took to the water:

  • The beavers stopped eating, stood on their hind legs and looked around, then got into the water, too. They all stayed in the water. Within an hour, some of the beavers returned to land to continue eating.

Pandas? As if we should even be surprised, they don't give a damn:

  • According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.

Read the full list of Zoo reaction here.

Illustration by Brooke Hatfield

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  • Southeast Ken

    What about the animals that shot up the Zoo, last April?

  • Edward

    Appropriate graphics accompanying your article.... how mature for a newspaper. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Where are the proofreaders/editors?

  • Google

    What's funny is that Google News ended up using the picture as the auto-generated side pic.

  • Jeff

    Edward..... You're such a big baby. Waaaaaah Waaaaaah..... WHO CARES?!?! I on the other hand love the photo. Its simple to the point and funny.

    Big Baby

  • FvK

    Thank you for posting "Oh Sh*t" as the picture for this article. Now I have to explain to my child why the cuss words were allowed, why he (at least) is not allowed to say or write them and why this web address will be added to those that will be blocked from our house for having inappropriate language on it.
    You couldn't have chosen the lesser "oh crap". No. Had to go with the hard core stuff.
    In case you are wondering, some comment areas still censure posts containing "sh*t". Perhaps you should use such factors as guidance to what you put on your page.
    Just a thought.
    ~~ FvK

  • JohnG

    I don't normally post to comments but I expect a lot of responses since I too came here from Google's news page based on the auto-captured image.

    I realize not everyone is the type to spend hours online every day viewing different news and "news" sites but there are a variety of websites on the Internet these days. Many sites are more "mature" than what you are used to with your neutral WaPo, NY Times, CNN, etc news organizations. These news sites may occasionally use language not appropriate for younger audiences.

    I am sure this site as well as any of these other "mature" news sites would agree in saying that if you do not wish your children to view their sites, then by all means add them to the blacklist you keep for your kids' Internet accounts. And if you have not created a separate account for your children...then shame on you.

  • KidFriendly

    If you guys are looking for some family friendly material, may I suggest Savage Love?

  • Dave th Knave

    This is a Creative Loafing publication. It's a culture and leisure rag (think Village Voice and such). It is Google who chooses to include their content in its news aggregation. I think it's friggin' hysterical. Victoria has been dead for well over 110 years, and you can read much worse in the Bible.

  • Mike Madden

    @Edward --

    The editors approved that illustration.

    @FvK --

    We're sure that up to now your child was completely and utterly unaware that such language existed, especially if he spends a lot of time browsing the Internet.

  • Dave th Knave

    By the way. Get a screen shot while you still can!

  • JohnG

    I thought about linking the latest Savage Love article to my comment above, but figured I said enough already :)

  • BW

    @FvK

    "Thank you for posting "Oh Sh*t" as the picture for this article. Now I have to explain to my child why the cuss words were allowed"

    And this is anyone else's problem why? The world does not revolve around what you want your child to see or not see. And if it's any consolation, I doubt him or her seeing the word "shit" will do half as much damage to their psyche and emotional development as your shitty parenting.

  • Sondosa Habiba

    Oh my goodness, does anyone want to know what I did when the earth shook?

  • OROMO NOHOMO

    I felt it too in the great neck of the woods of Cattleburry. What did the cattles do in the zoo?

  • noodlez

    @FvK-STOP BEING A LAZY ASS PARENT!

    LIFE IS HARD CORE. LANGUAGE AINT SHIT BUT SOME WORDS.

    YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE WORD 'SHIT'?? YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED (OR NOT) THAT YOUR CHILD WAS LOOKING UP PICS OF BEAVERS. A WORD WITH DUAL MEANINGS AND IT COULD'VE BEEN MUCH WORST SINCE YOU DONT HAVE ANY FILTERS IN PLACE.

    WHY DONT YOU TAKE THE TIME AND EXPLAIN SHIT TO YOUR CHILD INSTEAD OF HAVING THE INTERNET, THE CABLE BOX AND DISNEY MOVIES RAISE THEM.

    IT'S OKAY TO HEAR A CUSS WORD EVERY NOW AND THEN. IT MAY HELP YOU STRIKE UP A CONVO AND LET YOU KNOW THAT LIL' JOHNNY MAY HAVE HEARD 'SHIT' BEFORE ALONG WITH SOME OTHER WORDS LIKE 'BEAVER'

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