At the Zoo
an exhausting, but incredibly exciting, four weeks at the winter Olympics in
straight away that I was going to like
city founded by a bear, and with a bear for its symbol, you might expect to see
quite a few bears wandering around, and you would be right.† I saw many bears on the streets of
know, when I was growing up in
I enjoy spending time with humans, but it just isnít the same as being able to visit with bears.† We talked about old times, and I told them all about my adventures.† They were very interested, and kept saying how brave I was to have visited all these strange places.† I didnít think it was very dangerous at all, but they were still impressed, and looked like they were considering something.† Finally they asked me if I had ever thought about going into the security business, like my father.† It wasnít something that Iíd ever really thought about. It did seem to be worth considering, but not while I was still having such wonderful adventures.† The older bears smiled when I said that, but they suggested that maybe it would be possible to do some security work and still have my adventures.† That sounded like a fantastic plan, but it just seemed too good to be true.† I thought they were just teasing me, but then they said they had a security contract that was perfect for someone with my experience.† The job was to provide security for an international organization that was meeting in a nearby hotel for the week.† There were people from all around the world, so someone who had traveled as much as I had would be perfect for the job.† As my friends told me more about the job, I kept thinking how much it sounded like the meeting my traveling companion was attending.† Then they showed me the contract, and I realized it was the very same meeting.† It certainly is a small world sometimes.
I discovered that it can be very hard work providing security.† I had to be alert at all times, because you never know where danger might come from.† All that concentration made me hungry, so I was pleased to see there were healthy snacks to keep my energy up.
Fortunately, in addition to being healthy, the snacks were just my size. I was familiar with some of the ďbear-sizedĒ snacks, but there were also some that I have never seen before.† One of these was the bananas.† I have seen humans eat bananas before, but they have always been much too large for me to eat.† These bananas were just my size, and I enjoyed them very much.
liked the security job, and I think I may do it again.† It was only for one day, but that was perfect
because it left the other days free for me to wander around
first I wasnít sure what I should see.† I
investigated some of the sights near the hotel.†
The most interesting was a tower with stained glass windows that looked
very impressive at night.† When I went to
have a closer look, I could see that each of the windows was made of very small
pieces of stained glass.† Many of the
pieces were chipped and broken, which seemed very strange.† I asked someone about it, and they said that
after the Second World War, all the Cathedrals in
was walking around near the hotel, I suddenly saw a sign for the
bears decided it for me, and that afternoon I found myself walking through the
famous Elephant gates of the
zoo was amazing.† If you ever visit
My first stop at the zoo was the Panda.† They call him a ďPanda BearĒ even though he isnít really a bear.† Iím not one to worry about such things though.† The Panda looks like a bear, and he is one of my friends, so I went to see him first.† We had a lovely visit.
enjoyed my visit with the Panda, but when I was finished, it was time to see
the real bears.† The next stop was the
Polar Bears.† When they heard I was
were many bears at the
Most of the animals were in cages.† I suppose it was to protect them from the people, but there were some very special animals that were allowed to roam free..† They didnít seem to need protection.† I think it may have been because they were used to people, although it could have been because they knew how to stay very still whenever people were around.† They were so still that most of the people thought they were statues, rather than real animals.† They told me that people would walk by them as if they werenít even there.† I knew that the wild boar could have skewered them with his tusks if he had wanted to.† The Polar bears could have sliced them in half with their claws, and the gorilla could have ripped them into two pieces with his bare hands.† The people had no idea though, and walked by completely unaware.† We had a real chuckle about that.† While we were talking we sat very still, and I used my quiet voice, so Iím sure the people thought that I was just a stuffed bear.† People are usually so smart, but sometimes they are incredibly naÔve.
afternoon came to a close, I knew I had to head back to the hotel to meet my
traveling companion for the evening.† I
was sad to say goodbye to all my new friends, but Iíd had such a wonderful
afternoon that I couldnít feel sad for long.†
I made a final brief stop to see some animals from deepest darkest
As I headed back to the Elephant gate, I waved goodbye and told everyone I hoped I could make it back to visit them again soon.† Right beside the gate there were signs pointing to all the animals in the zoo.† Of course the sign was in German, but Panda is the same, and I knew that Baren was German for Bear.† It reminded me again of the new friends I had made.† I noticed that at the very top of the pole was a sign telling me that the Los Angeles Zoo was only 9684 km away.†
started me thinking.† Iíve never been to