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03 June 2010 :: 10:06:55 am 23674

Chiang Mai Zoo Annouces Naming of “Reconciliation” Koala

With the help of a 4-year-old Thai girl and a baby koala, Thailand is gradually moving towards peace and stability after the country’s recent bitter political violence and chaos in Bangkok.
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Chiang Mai, the 3rd of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The winner of a contest to name a new baby koala, born at the Chiang Mai Zoo, four-year-old Lapassarada Mung-opas’s entry of ‘Prong-Dong’ was officially accepted as the joeys’ name. Out of nearly 500 entries, Lapassarada’s was picked as the winner, ‘Prong-Dong’ meaning reconciliation in Thai, due to its current significance to the countries ongoing internal peace efforts.

Chiang Mai Zoo assistant director Mrs. Nipon Wichairat explained a little about the zoo’s decision to pick ‘Prong-Dong’ as the baby koala’s name; “The situation now is so dire, people can’t look each other in the eye. It’s a reminder for us to turn to each other.” The koala was born last year and has only recently left the safety of her mother’s pouch to confront the world.

Lapassarada, who lives in Nonthaburi, a province just north of Bangkok, will receive 10,000 baht ($307) and lifetime free admission to the zoo for her winning submission. The girl’s grandmother has told the press how the entire family visited the zoo last month, during the ongoing political protests in Bangkok, where Lapassarada placed here entry to name the koala joey.

Although Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has made it his top priority to reconcile the nation and achieve some form of equality in the aftermath of the recent political turmoil, at present his hypocritical statements in regards to fighting media bias (still over 1000 websites banned from public access under the emergency decree) and economic injustice is only helping to further damage the governments control on the volatile situation.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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