Thursday, April 8th, 2010 10:14:50

Grow the Carrots

It’s spring break week for my children, and this year we are joining others who are staycationing. We spent Monday morning at the Georgia Aquarium, and Tuesday we went to the Atlanta Zoo, where I learned something new and was reminded of something I already knew.

What was new? Pandas bleat to communicate.

The sound is similar to the noise goats or sheep make. When I first heard the soft, faint bleating I did not connect them to the 270-pound giant panda Yang Yang. Heather, a giant panda keeper, had been giving treats to Yang Yang, but she stopped to talk to us.