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Atlanta Zoo – Panda Babies!!

We at the Hotel Thompson have been watching all of the excitement with the Atlanta Zoo and one of their panda’s named Lun Lun.  Lun Lun has been pregnant and actually went into labor Monday, 07/15/2013.  She gave birth to twins at 6:21PM on 07/15/2013.  We’ve been keeping up with all of the excitement of how they rotate the two babies to have time with their mommy.  It’s totally fascinating!  Mom/Dad said they can’t wait to go back to the zoo in the future to check the family out.

I actually did some research on panda’s that I thought would share.  How much of this information did you know?

  • At birth, panda babies only weigh around 4 ounces – that’s like the equivalent to a stick of butter!  They are pink and hairless – just like this picture of one of Lun Lun’s babies.  But although they are small, they can vocalize and make sounds. Can you believe that?
  • Around 25 days after birth, they get a full coat of hair with their black/white markings.
  • Around 75 days, they start getting their first baby teeth.

  • Around 72-76 days, their eyes fully open.
  • At 100 days – according to Chinese tradition for good luck, this is when their names will be announced.
  • Around 3-4 months, they start walking and by 4 months a cub can walk and climb.
  • Around 4 months, they start to eat solid foods and bamboo.
  • Around 5 months, they can run and climb tall objects.
  • At 1 year, they weigh around 50-60 pounds.

This information/pictures were shared from the Zoo Atlanta site here in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mom/dad go there often to visit the animals.  They have a fabulous zoo!  You can find out more information about the zoo at  They even have a panda cam set up so you can watch these wonderful pandas!  Hope you enjoyed it my friends – XOXO – Bacon


Posted by on 07/17/2013 in Bacon


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Zoo Adventure

Sometimes I have to admit that mom/dad come up with the neatest adventures. They are all about walking more and getting healthier. And of course, since mom is off from the worky place for a couple of days, they decided to take a little adventure to Zoo Atlanta in great downtown Atlanta, Georgia. And of course, mom the shutterbug, took her big camera and took pictures. I helped mom download the pictures from her camera to the computer – she’s kind of electronically challenged in some ways 🙂 see I can be helpful around the house. I thought I would post some of the better ones that she had.

What kind of trip to the zoo would it be without seeing the big elephants? You *have* to see the elephants. They’re huge! They’re such massive mammals. Did you know that they use that long trunk to grasp things? Or that they’re tusks serve as tools for moving objects, digging or for weapons in fighting. And my favorite – their large ear flaps help to control the temperature of their body.



There are two different types of elephants – the Asian and the African elephants. Can you tell the difference? I’ll give you a hint. African elephants have larger ears and concave backs while Asian elephants have smaller ears and level backs. What do you think is in this picture?



Giant panda bears! Isn’t he cute? You kind of look at these as playmates or fun animals instead of a bear, don’t you? Panda bears come from China – I guess you can say this is as close as I’ll get to China huh? Three degrees of separation – snorts.



Do you know that their diet is mainly 99% bamboo? That’s like me eating piggy chow 99% of the time without all of the good stuff that I get. How *do* they do it? But then mommy told me that in captivity like the zoo, they may also get honey, eggs, fish, yams, oranges or bananas. Now, that’s a diet *I* can live with 🙂



Aaaww – the giraffe. The tallest living animal. Did you know that giraffes can stand up to 20 feet tall? Males weigh in around 3,500 POUNDS and females around 1,800 POUNDS. That’s a lot of room to grow for this little piggy. Of course, I can’t help the height thing – what you see is what you get with this little porker. But I can definitely work on the weight – snorts 🙂 Mom/dad said they are amazing creatures to watch. Did you know that mom/dad have actually fed a giraffe by hand? At another zoo which they drove through – can you believe that? – they hand fed a giraffe that came to their car. Amazing! They get to do the neatest field trips. This is one that they should have brought Bashful to.

I hope you enjoyed some of the pictures from this blog. Have an amazing day! XOXO – Bacon


Posted by on 07/05/2013 in Bacon


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