Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the news around the world has been bad lately. After days of unrelenting horror on the news, we’re all pretty worn down.

I hate to share a little more bad news, but learning about the death of Eduardo the Golden Lion Tamarin made me very sad. Sad enough to cry on the Metro. (Crying about the death of a monkey does get you a seat on the Metro even during rush hour).

Rest in peace, Eduardo. If there’s a monkey heaven, I hope you have a hot golden lion tamarin babe on your arm, an all-you-can-eat insect buffet, and all the poop you can throw.

If you don’t live in Washington, DC you might not have been wallowing in the crazy cuteness of the 7 lion cubs born at the National Zoo. Back in August, lions Shera and Luke had a litter of 4 cubs. Then, in September, Naba and Luke had a litter of 3 cubs.

The cubs are named John, Fahari, Zurie, Lelie, Aslan, and Lusaka.

Right now they only get to go out into the lion yard on a limited basis. As they get older, they’re starting to stay out longer. As long as it’s sunny and not raining or snowing, they’re out between approximately 12:30 and 1:30 each day. They’re growing fast, so you’d better hurry if you want to see them while they’re still small(ish) and crazy.

How crazy?

I’ve taken about 100 short videos of them but I haven’t gone through them and culled the ones where people’s heads suddenly block the frame or the camera jerks as I blurt, “Oh My God They Are So Cute!” at Michele Banks. You know, in case she’s forgotten how cute they are.

It was bitterly cold & windy but Husband and I stopped by the zoo on Sunday. Watch the cub on the lower tier, s/he’s adorable. S/he starts out in the little cement cave in the beginning of the video & then at around 2:30 – after mom hops down and they tussle behind a tree – there’s another outbreak of cuteness. Not that they aren’t all cute, because ohmygod that’s a lot of cuteness!

(I may need to re-upload the video. It looked fine but now it’s all pixelated. Hmmm. Maybe my internet connection is just crappy tonight. Please tell me if the video quality is bad).

This isn’t the most exciting video, but I wanted to share it with my mom so I put it on youtube. And since I put it on youtube, I figured I’d share it with you, because I care. Or maybe just because I can. You’ll never know, will you?

Yes, in the ideal world there wouldn’t be a need for zoos and these beautiful lions would live someplace wild, but it’s not and they don’t. Disclaimer: Husband and I donate money to the National Zoo and we’re very fond of it’s critters.

Tangentially related to the Sarah Palin fracas, I’ve been enjoying Knut’s website, which is way nicer than mine. Knut is a polar bear at the Berlin zoo. Too bad zoos will be the only place left for polar bears to live soon, but I guess God wants it that way or something so it’s ok.

Today is Asian Elephant Day at the zoo. It’s Ambika’s 60th birthday and she really wants to celebrate with you, so don’t disappoint her.

Representatives from the Sri Lankan embassy will be on hand, and Sri Lankan dancers will perform traditional dances every half hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Shanthi, Kandula’s mother, was born in Sri Lanka. Elephants are an important part of Sri Lankan culture, though fewer than 5,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild in Sri Lanka.

Husband is thrilled that we’re getting up early to go to a donor’s breakfast and tour of the planned Elephant Trails area. Husband loves getting up early. (We aren’t climbing a fence or anything, we were invited). I wasn’t well enough to attend Brew at the Zoo (which benefitted the elephants), but this more than makes up for it.

A little girl who couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old, after looking at the Tigers: “I want them to be in the wild and have healthcare and food.”

What kid uses the word healthcare? Besides that one. It was spooky.

I guess she could have seen Madagascar a few too many times, but she weirded us out because she sounded like a miniature policy wonk, not like a kid repeating something she’d heard in a movie or heard an adult say.

But Husband and I think that they should have let the cheetahs keep the deer.

A deer got into the cheetah yard at the National Zoo yesterday and was pounced on by a mother cheetah before the deer escaped into Rock Creek Park, according to a witness and a zoo spokeswoman.

The young buck appeared in the largest cheetah yard shortly after 7 a.m. It bolted from a pond there and was chased by the mother cheetah and her four cubs, according to a witness. The mother cheetah jumped on the buck, and it ran back to the pond.

Admit it, cheetahs are way, way cooler than deer. I’d have said that even before last night, when a deer decided to try and kill itself on the hood of Husband’s car. In the same place a deer once flung itself onto the hood of my car, although that was some years ago. Still, a bit of a coincidence.

Husband is fine, the car is a loss. The damned deer got up and ran off.