Spring at the Zoo

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Spring at the Zoo

***** Location: worldwide
***** Season: All Spring
***** Category: Humanity / Animals


for BIRDS' NEST see below

Spring is the best time to visit the local zoo or wild animal park. For one thing, the zoos do not have their summer crowds. Then they also have this years crop of new babies to show off, whether it's a shy baby chimpanzee, or a awkward baby giraffe.

gK © 2005.06.19

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Things found on the way

NAIROBI, Jan 6, 2005:
A baby-hippopotamus that survived the tsumani waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise, in an animal facility in the port city of Mombasa.

The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about 300 kilograms, was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back to shore when tsumani waves struck the Kenyan coast on Dec 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

"It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," ecologist Paula Kahumbu said.

"After it was swept and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatised. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added.

"The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it follows its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added.

"The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained. In 2002, a barren Kenyan lioness made several attempts to play mother to baby antelopes, one of which ended with a rival lion making a meal out of the calf.



Rilke, Der Panther

Im Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Sein Blick ist vom Vorübergehn der Stäbe
so müd geworden, daß er nichts mehr hält.
Ihm ist, als ob es tausend Stäbe gäbe
und hinter tausend Stäben keine Welt.

Der weiche Gang geschmeidig starker Schritte,
der sich im allerkleinsten Kreise dreht,
ist wie ein Tanz von Kraft um eine Mitte,
in der betäubt ein großer Wille steht

Nur manchmal schiebt der Vorhang der Pupille
sich lautlos auf –. Dann geht ein Bild hinein,
geht durch der Glieder angespannte Stille –
und hört im Herzen auf zu sein.


His vision from the passing of the bars
is grown so weary that it holds nor more.
To him it seems there are a thousand bars
and behind a thousand bars no world.

The padding gait of flexibly strong strides,
that in the very smallest circle turns,
is like a dance of strength around a center
in which stupefied a great will stands.

Only sometimes the curtain of the pupil
soundlessly parts –. Then an image enters,
goes through the tensioned stillness of the limbs –
and in the heart ceases to be.


peeking out
from behind it's mother
baby hippo

and wrinkle free
the baby rhino

gK © 2005.06.19


Young zoo tiger climbs
over the electric fence.
into his keeper's arms

.. ..

A Siberian zoo -
born accidentally
two baby ligers (lion-tigers)

(A unique and unplanned hybrid of a Bengal tiger and an African lion that lived in the cages next to each other.)


Cage neighbors. . .
two liger cubs from papa lion,
and mama tiger

.. ..

Visit to a zoo -
three tiger cubs snuggle
with their mother

Third visit to the zoo -
the new-born gibbon
still sleeping

Zhanna P. Rader


one early spring, my daughter and i went to the zoo in her college town.
i was ecstatic over the early sping flowers.
she laughed at me that i was more interested in the plants than the animals.

zoo deer
from the sprinkler head

susan delphine delaney md plano, tx

Related words

***** Spring (haru, Japan)

***** Bird's Nest (tori no su 鳥の巣)
kigo for all spring

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nest of small birds, kotori no su 小鳥の巣(ことりのす)
building a nest, sugumi 巣組み(すぐみ)
birds in the nest, su gomori 巣篭り(すごもり)
hiding in the nest, sugakure 巣隠れ(すがくれ)
bird in the nest, sudori 巣鳥(すどり)

nest of the crane, tsuru no su 鶴の巣(つるのす)
nest of the crow, karasu no su 鴉の巣(からすのす)
nest of the dove, hato no su 鳩ノ巣(はとのす)
nest of an eagle, washi no su 鷲の巣(わしのす)
nest of the heron, sagi no su 鷺の巣(さぎのす)
nest of the lark, hibari no su 雲雀の巣(ひばりのす)
nest of the magpie, kasasagi no su 鵲の巣(かささぎのす)
nest of the nightingale, uguisu no su 鶯の巣(うぐいすのす)
nest of the pheasant, kiji no su 雉の巣(きじのす)
nest of the plover, chidori no su 千鳥の巣(ちどりのす)
nest of the taka, a Japanese goshawk, 鷹の巣(たかのす)

nest of the milan, tobi no su 鳶の巣(とびのす)
Kite, black kite, Milan noir (tobi, tombi) Milvus migrans

tsubame no su 燕の巣 (つばめのす) nest of the swallow
..... sutsubame 巣燕(すつばめ)

suzume no su すずめのす nest of the sparrow
..... subiki suzume 巣引雀(すびきすずめ)
..... suwara suzume 巣藁雀(すわらすずめ)


furusu 古巣 (ふるす) old nest

subako 巣箱 bird-house, bird box

(some birds have their separate entries too)




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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

furusu tada aware naru beki tonari kana

the old nest
will be so lonely without
my neighbour

Matsuo Basho
Tr. Gabi Greve

Written in the third lunar month of 1686 貞亨3年閏3月.

His friendly neighbour, the priest Sooha 宗波 Soha of the Obaku Zen school, had gone off for a religious trip to Kyoto. This is the good-by present for him.