I was very excited to see pandas. However the weather had been very rainy when I was in Xi'an and on the rainy days the pandas stay inside so all the tours are cancelled. My last day happened to be a sunny day and I was able to go on a tour of the panda reserves. Woohoo!! However there was some flooding from the previous rains.
Besides giant pandas they have many other animals, including the Takin, a goat-antelope that looks to me like a sheep and cow got it on. The takin is a sacred animal in parts of china. The reserve also had Lesser Pandas (otherwise known as red pandas) and a few other special treats.
One thing about pandas, they really just make you feel full of love. They are so pretty and you just want to hug them (sans their nasty huge claws). They are slow and sort of goofy and your heart really melts when you look at them. I'm so glad I got the chance to see them in action.
you can't really see it here but what happened is I was teasing the jerk takin and he just jumped up on the brim of the cage. Threw us all for a surprise. I definitely jumped back like a scared little cat. After we all just laughed for a while and I did all that I could to get him to jump again.