Given the discussion in another thread (which seems to have got a bit off topic at times ) ... I thought I would start a new thread about talking to zoo animals. I think most of us have done it at some point. Some of my favourites were Suzy (Suzie ?) the Wombat at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo (where is she now ? wasn't there last time I went - enclosure was used for something else). But recently, on our trip to China, we visited the Beijing Zoo, which we found quite depressing. Most distressful was a rather depressed looking Red Kangaroo (quite a large fella too !) who was cooped up in a smallish cement floored cage with a couple of what looked to be Grey Kangaroos. Their yard was fairly small and quite barren ... so I'm not sure what they spent their time doing. We stopped and talked for a while - suggesting perhaps we can talk to Phil Ruddock about bringing this detainee home too I do take heart in that the enclosure was a long way from the worst we saw there - the bears, cats, and especially the elephants really didn't seem to be that well off. But on a happier note - I do like smaller zoos like Mogo where you can usually get a lot closer to the animals - we had a good conversation with a Red Panda once there - although he did seem a bit distracted by an apple he was munching on at the time! I do remember a cheetah at Perth Zoo sitting very upright and looking quite regal, right next to the glass screen at the viewing area. It was during the week towards the end of the day, and not many people were around, so I was able to sit there and converse for a while, admiring this magnificent animal. If only we could do this in the wild too !! Of course, none of my examples here are very meaningful - I didn't know their names! Does anyone else have any good animal conversation stories ?