giant panda was just born 30 minutes ago at Zoo Atlanta. You can watch the Live Panda Cam here, if you’re so inclined. I don’t know much about it yet (trying to find out more), but I’m laughing because I just read that it can be really hard to confirm that a panda is pregnant. In fact, they just did an ultrasound TWO DAYS AGO and found out that yes, she was indeed pregnant. (up until that time they were just suspicious. she was acting odd. ha!) Two days later she gives birth. Can you imagine? EDIT: You’ve got to click on the photo gallery to the right of the panda cam. There are pics of the cub this mama had two years ago. Sooooo cute!!
Gabe’s amused that I’m so excited by all of this, but hey, giant pandas are way cool. And the miracle of birth is way cool. And I believe there are only four zoos in the country that have giant pandas, and we’re hoping to make it to all of them this year. Atlanta is on the Zoo Trip Wish List for November or December. How FUN it would be to see a baby panda!! EDIT #2: Um, I think I just saw her delivering some placenta and eating it. Nice.
In other news, we had a MARVELOUS day today. I love my family. I got to feel my new niece kick a bunch. I LOVE HER TO BITS! We hiked and threw rocks in the creek and climbed an Indian (Native American, but Cedarville hasn’t changed the signs to be PC yet) burial mound and had a picnic and played euchre and red rover and felt baby Ginger (not her real name) kick and ate pizza and took lots of pictures. We missed you Daniel and Stephi! And Ms. Beki Ryan, I had Gabe lay on the horn as we passed your house.
And um, whoever sent me the delightful (and anonymous) note (and cash) addressed to “Marla Taviano, c/o Pei Wei Fund” today, can I just tell you that I love you? Wow.
Pics of our day–and Monday’s Indy Zoo trip–coming next week! Have a restful, worshipful Sabbath! Love you all!