October 20, 2007


(the model of Lin Wang)
(Lin Wang, an Asian elephant died at age of 86)
(Lin Wang, photo taken on March 10, 2002)

I have not been to Taipei Zoo for a while even though it is not far away from my home. Today was quite a nice day for going out, so I went to Taipei Zoo again. The most impressive thing is seeing the model of Lin Wang; he is a legend of Taipei Zoo.

Lin Wang was captured by Chinese army from Japanese army in Burma in 1942. After WW II, Lin Wang took a long journey with army back to China, then moved to Taiwan in 1947. In 1954, General Sun Li Ren decided to give Lin Wang to Taipei Zoo instead of keeping him in army; that made the start of Lin Wang's life in Taipei Zoo.

Lin Wang was always the most popular star and a part of most people's memory (of course a part of mine) until he died at age of 86 on Feb. 26, 2003. To remember this legend and super star, Taipei Zoo spent 14 months to make the model of Lin Wang and to bring it back to be a part of this zoo again.

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