Ueno Zoo #4 – Cool Meat Eaters

Tigers, Sun bears, Polar bears, Seals, Meerkats...

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 2 min read

I was lucky to be there when a tiger was eating meat, carefully watching around himself and daring anyone to try to take the meat from him (0:00-0:36).

I could see that he would never forget his wild nature, even if he lived in a zoo for a long time. And his fine fur coat was truly beautiful.

A red bear was scratching his back on the rough surface of a rock for quite a while (0:36-0:47). He must have been feeling a severe itch. It looked so bad that I almost jumped in to help him scratch!

Polar bears love water and they even enjoy swimming in winter. I saw the soles of this polar bear’s feet when he dove down into the water (0:47-1:04). So cute!

The seals seemed to be ready for a nap (1:11-1:15). They looked sooooo sleepy.

On the day I visited the zoo, a meerkat looked up into the sky and around himself repeatedly (1:17-1:25). And a father and a son who were watching the meerkat also looked up. We can’t help checking out the things that somebody else is watching.

A lesser panda took care of his fur under the warm sunshine (1:26-1:33). But he soon stopped doing it. I wonder if he was puzzled about why the people here had suddenly started taking his photo with their smartphones (1:35-1:51).

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。

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Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu 5 years ago
Wow, I didn't expect to see all those animals. I thought Ueno Zoo is just Small...