Pandas: Unshakeable

Pandas: Unshakeable

Many animals at DC’s National Zoo were upset by the recent earthquake. Even before the quake struck, red ruffed lemurs were alarm-barking, Iris the orangutan yelled, and the flamingos huddled together in a big pink ball.

The Giant Pandas were neither stirred nor shaken. They just sat there, chewing bamboo. Those critters are tough. They’re from China. They were probably thinking: “Pah. You call that an earthquake?”

After the quake, the most active zoo creature was the National Zoo publicist. The media heard the zoo press release as loud and clear as the “belch vocalizing” of Iris the orangutan:

“National Zoo Animals Warned Early of Quake,” Melanie Elanie, myFOXdc

“Animals Sensed Quake Early,” Christopher Shea, Wall Street Journal blog

“Washington, D.C., zoo animals go wild ahead of quake,” Tim Persinko, NBC Washington

“‘Hearing Something We Can’t Hear’: How Animals Foretold The Earthquake,” Liz Halloran, NPR blog

“Animals at National Zoo in DC clustered together, let out cry before East Coast quake,” AP via Washington Post

“Zoo Animals Sensed DC Quake Minutes Before It Hit,” Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience

“If We Could Talk to the Animals, Earthquake Edition,” Ben Greenman, New Yorker blog

“Zoo mystery: How did apes and birds know quake was coming?” Joel Achenbach, Washington Post

Short link:

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to “Pandas: Unshakeable”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    For related information see

    Just for fun:

    “Puzzle of the Week! Panda Unmoved by Earthquake,” Discovery News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: