14 May-Busy day-Panda duty, kids, english teaching, new panda base

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After all the rain we had our first blue sky. The smog was gone and we could clearly see the mountain. I don’t want to think too hard about what happened to the smog but it’s great to see blue sky.

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The pandas were out and playful this morning. They were up the trees.

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Rolling around on the ground together.

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They did a lot of wrestling this morning. It was like a 3 round match. Lots of tumbling, jumping and biting.

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I’ve got the little pair this week – Erlang the  male and YaYa the female. YaYa is a lot bigger and has a bit of black around her face. Erlang is smaller and has a black dot near his eye.

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After lunch, Norma and I went to the local school. She wanted to do some english teaching so I went along as the official photographer Winking smile She taught the grade 4 class a nursery rhyme.

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She also taught them some actions to go along with the words.

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After a few rounds, one by one they got up and did it all by themselves.

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Intense concentration.

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This little girl was so scared. Norma went over for support and helped her through it all.

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Afterwards they were very interested in my camera so we took them outside for a few photos.

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Serious photo for the teachers.

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Fun photo for us. Some of these kids got some serious air on their jumping.

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Seems kids everywhere like having their pictures taken.

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Just had to try and limit the numbers so I could fit them in my shot with the prime lense.

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The school is temporary while they rebuild a new one. Check out the ping pong net they have.

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They were very well behaved. They asked us to come back tomorrow and teach the 6th graders. They gave Norma a book they’re working from as homework. She seemed right in her element today with a grin from ear to ear. She’ll do great tomorrow.

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The centre asked that we do some english lessons with the keepers so tonight was our first.

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The ladies brought a long a bunch of props to help reinforce the english words for the keepers.

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We got a decent turnout for the first night.

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Rebecca did a great job drawing some of the other items we were teaching – like the all important “POO”

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and wheelbarrow.

So tomorrow will be busy aswell…more panda duty, school visit and english lesson number 2.

 

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