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May 17, 2009

Spotted by a Leopard

Singapore / Zoo

That day, I lost my way in the rainforest. To the shock of my life, I saw a leopard. There was nothing I could do. The first instinct was to hide myself behind some bushes. But alas! The beast spotted me, glaring deep into my eyes.

My jelly legs couldn’t move at all as the leopard advanced towards me.

Thank goodness, the leopard turned away as I flashed him with my Ixus!!! I was safe… so here I am, still alive and kicking, and blogging my time away!

It’s a shame that I always thought a leopard is a cheetah. Now I know they are different. The most obvious difference between the two is their fur. The spots on a cheetah’s fur are solid black. The spots on a leopard has rosette pattern.

Do you know that the Malay word “buaya”, which means crocodile, also has a local derogatory slang term for a skirt chaser?

The long-nosed monkey – Proboscis monkey.

Trivia: Does polar bear eat penguin? (Answer is shown below this pic.)

Ans: A polar bear has probably never seen a penguin before! Polar bears are indigenous to the Arctic and penguins are indigenous to the Antarctic regions.

Perhaps, our tropical polar bears have seen one before. :D

The mighty Komodo dragon.

The Guanaco. Its fiber is found in luxury fabric.

The Snapping Turtle, an aggressive critter that snaps at the speed of lightning with an audible crunch.

Singapore Zoo (Part 1) | Singapore Zoo (Part 2) | The Tropical Polar Bears

Singapore Zoo (Part 5)

19 Comments Leave your comment

  • Jasper Jugan said on May 17, 2009 10:02 pm

    this is still singapore zoo right? wow they are very open and that encounter was scary!

  • lz said on May 17, 2009 10:40 pm

    I was actually guessing whether polar bears eat penguins.. =.=
    Stupid me, hahahah..

  • Borneo Falcon said on May 18, 2009 9:05 am

    I saw that snapping turtle in Batu Niah before. Here, it is call dragon turtle and kind of been worship by some people for luck

  • eunice said on May 18, 2009 2:31 pm

    @Jasper: Yep, it’s still Singapore Zoo. Still have loads of pics to post.. oh yeah, nearly got eaten by the leopard if not for the piece of glass. LOL

    @Borneo Falcon: Izzit? Didn’t know that some ppl worship snapping turtle too!! They can bite your fingers!

    @Lz: hahaha!! I thought this question is not new!!!

  • peteformation said on May 18, 2009 7:01 pm

    To be exact….Buaya Darat (land crocodile) for skirt chasers! LOL!

  • eunice said on May 18, 2009 9:55 pm

    @peteformation: Didn’t study Melayu in Singapore, so only know it as “Buaya”. Darat must be land? hehe ic!!

  • prasetio said on May 18, 2009 10:21 pm

    nice picture. I like it

  • alex said on May 19, 2009 11:04 am

    i felt like a kid again as i look at the pics

    awww the zoo memories!

    oh btw buwaya/buaya here in the philippines is a slang term for ‘greedy’

  • eunice said on May 19, 2009 2:34 pm

    @Alex: hmm.. sounds like it’s been a long time since your last visit to the zoo! buaya is greedy? I see! So it’s commonly used in our region! :D

    @prasetio: :D

  • Anston said on May 20, 2009 1:37 am

    Woah~ so close ler!

    How come the leopard was so close? you are inside the cage ar? lol

    Yea, next time i will try to “flash” a tiger at Taman Negara :P

  • pusang-kalye said on May 20, 2009 11:28 am

    I have never seen a long nosed monkey before—not even in pictures—now I am aware that there exists such—-blogging really makes you learn a lot of things—

    Hi Eunice—i miss being here~~

  • liya said on May 20, 2009 8:51 pm

    Wow! You are truly a brave person! I wouldn’t approach leopard to take a picture, that’s for sure!

  • Mark H said on May 26, 2009 4:08 pm

    Some great photos act as a fine reminder what I top-notch zoo Singapore has.

  • jezalmy said on June 3, 2009 10:21 am

    Wow, is the Singapore Zoo change alots? my last visit i think is about 3 to 4 yrs ago. Kind of miss my Singapore trip. Anyway nice pic and thanks for sharing

  • eunice said on June 3, 2009 12:42 pm

    @jezalmy: Yeah the SG zoo is really nice. It has improved over the years. U can always come back to SG every now and then as SG has changed a lot over the years. :)

  • Pierre said on June 8, 2009 5:49 am

    Your series about Singapore Zoo has made for fascinating reading and I have to compliment you also on some awesome photographs – well done! Its been a pleasure browsing your site and I look forward to your future posts.
    Kind regards from Cape Town,

  • Bilety lotnicze said on June 10, 2009 4:59 pm

    Very nice pictures – I guess ill add the zoo to my sightsee list when I visit Singapore this summer. Any other sites youd like to suggest that maybe are not your “everytourist” attraction?

  • eunice said on June 10, 2009 5:01 pm

    @Bilety: Feel free to check out my other posts on Singapore here http://travelerfolio.com/places/singapore/ Hope you enjoy your stay!

  • Bilety lotnicze said on June 15, 2009 9:11 pm

    thanks :)

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