Craig told me he had a surprise for me on my birthday. I had absolutely no idea. I thought maybe a nice lunch? a movie? shopping? tattoos?
That is, until my sister sent me a txt with multiple animal emoji. Nice one, Jayne.
He had bought me a ‘red panda encounter’ at Wellington Zoo. You go into the enclosure and they climb all over you while you feed them pears and grapes.
Feeding red pandas is not something I would ever ever have chosen for myself.
I mean, the whole point is that they climb on you and you feed them fruit. Neither of these things sounded appealing. I felt like the worst person in the world.
Thankfully, Craig warned the keeper that I was not overly enthused, and helped keep the pandas off me.
I prefer my animals at a distance. And through a lens.
But they are pretty damn cute.
And look! I even fed them a couple of times.
In the photos taken by the zookeeper I look … nervous.
But I couldn’t be too terrified of their little fox faces chewing on fruit. They are pretty much the cutest.
We spent some time in the rest of the zoo as well. Like grown ups.