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    I knew there was something really special with that bear and with his badge!

    He wears it very proudly, I can assure you!
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      There is another artwork just a short distance from the Nils Olav sculpture. It is a Cow Parade cow! If you’ve never heard about Cow Parade, catch up in this thread where the essentials are more or less explained in the second post #2.

      This is a clever hybrid of Cow and Gentoo penguin – “Gencoo”!!!!
      During Edinburgh’s Cow Parade in 2006 it was exhibited at the entrance to the zoo:



      After the charity auction the purchaser presented it to the zoo for permanent exhibition.

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        I caught Lookchin trying to climb the railings to get up close to the Cow!

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              But this (too) exciting day for Lookchin was far from over. For the zoo had just got a new attraction – Sun Bears!

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                Lookchin writes:
                After returning from my Mediterranean cruise and then staying at Aunt E’s I had got used to the heat, and remembered what it was like in Thailand, but back in Scotland I had to wear my woolly jumper all the time – it doesn’t surprise me at all that those penguins feel so at home here. So I really didn’t know what to make of these Sun Bears who had just arrived from Cambodia. Well, it turned out that the bears were still in quarantine, so I didn’t get to say hello, but at least that gave me more time to look at the exhibition, which teaches everyone more about bears.

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                  This is a list of all the different kinds of bears in the world, but not quite all because the type TEDDY is missing, so I sat to be photographed to complete the list!

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                    It is very educational to ask questions on little flaps which you can then lift up to get the answer, but this particular question really confused me. Aunt C said it was the Andean bear because of the markings around the eyes, but I am absolutely sure the correct answer should be TEDDY.

                    Here is the proof in the photo that Aunt E took of me on the cruise:




                    It had been a great time at the zoo and I felt really proud to have represented Norway like an ambassador, and met such interesting birds, animals and people.

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                      Aunt C writes:
                      All too quickly the time was approaching when Lookchin would have to return home, and I was feeling bad that I was off to Singapore and so wouldn’t be able to accompany him back to Norway. It was the thought of having to post him that was really hard. It isn’t simply the parcelling. The worst bit is actually at the post office when you have to fill in those customs stickers – and they insist on one putting some silly miniscule amount for Value of Goods when all the time I felt like writing in really big letters PRICELESS!

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                        Lookchin seemed to demand more cuddles than usual. He also spent a lot of time taking photos of himself and his friends.

                        “I love those ones with you I took in the hotel in London”, he declared, making me promise that I really would post them on his CV thread (which I have in #332-334 ‘cos I like them too), “but I would like ones with my friends as well to help me remember this special time”.

                        He was using the word special a lot.

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                          But he didn’t want all the travels and experiences this summer to make his memories of his time in Thailand as a young bear seem more distant.
                          “There is a saying that an elephant never forgets” he explained to me one day, a seriously thoughtful expression on his face.

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                            He had started to spend a lot of time with Thai-Elephant; they talked for hours together, and I was always very respectful of that deep friendship and discretely left them alone to talk in their own language about their shared past.

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                              So it was Lookchin’s last days with Berns-Duck that I was aware of the most, and their parting goodbyes in the images they took make me feel really emotional.

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