Under another entry some people have shared their experiences of the East Coast Earthquake yesterday. Another set of reactions is provided by the website of the National Zoo, here.
I especially liked these:
- 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.
- The red-ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.
- The black and rufous giant elephant-shrew hid in his habitat and refused to come out for afternoon feeding.
- According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.
I think this means that cities, heck – individuals! – along faults should probably start keeping red-ruffed lemurs around.
Pandas … not so much.
And everyone should keep some black and rufous giant elephant-shrews around just for the comic relief factor.