[Cake for Tai Shan the giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington, DC]Source: washingtonian.com
'Luka, an Andean bear cub, celebrates his first birthday at the Phoenix Zoo on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Zoo keepers presented a cake made of frozen ice, Gatorade, roses, sugar cane, bamboo, and blackberries. Visitors participated in games and activities centered around Luka's birthday celebration.'Source: azcentral.com
'It's hard to believe it but the Zoo's clouded leopards turned one year old today. You might recall last year's March video of the little darlings posted here on the Around the Mall blog.
The Zoo reports that the pair, Ta Moon, meaning mischievous child, and Sa Moon, brave warrior, were properly feted today with birthday cakes made up of delicious treats that only a clouded would love—two layers of ice with bamboo leaves frozen inside and topped with a special treat made out of a diet meat for felines.’Source: smithsonianmag.com
'[T]he world’s oldest-living aquarium fish recently was toasted for having delighted visitors to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium for the last 80 years.
Affectionately known as “Granddad,” this curiously fossil-like creature is an Australian Lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri. His keepers at Shedd say they have no idea how old this venerable fish was when he arrived, and members of his species are reported to have lived a full century, reaching 1.5 meters in length and more than 40 kg (5 feet long and almost 90 pounds in weight).
“As a special treat,” reported the Shedd Aquarium, ” the old timer received an ice cake with smelt, shrimp, herbivore gel squares, yellow squash, green peas, grated carrot and sweet potato frozen inside. Two tiers are covered with seaweed frosting and garnished with shredded escarole greens, carrots and raspberries.”
Granddad’s comments are unavailable, but in the wild lungfish are primarily carnivores, feeding on small fishes, tadpoles, frogs, worms, snails, and shrimp, along with some plant material.’Source: blogs.discovery.com
'The San Diego Zoo threw a surprise birthday party for Yun Zi, a giant panda born at the facility four years ago.
The zoo said it treated the birthday boy Monday to a 150-pound cake made of ice, apples, carrots and bamboo with honey and yam frosting on the top. Yun Zi pushed over a number atop the cake to symbolize blowing out the non-existent candles.
Yun Zi’s enclosure was decorated Monday with gift boxes full of Bermuda grass and biscuits as well as a cardboard panda and turtle.
Zookeepers said visitors greeted Yun Zi wearing panda hats and T-shirts bearing his image.’Source: upi.com