WELCOME HOME, SHIRO!
By Jayshree Punjabi
The zookeeper and the chimp enter the open area of the zoo and drop their shopping bags on the floor. They are in awe of all the decorations the kids have been up to.
Mama Bear and Tigress are busy in a kitchen area, along with a skunk guarding all the food. Papa Bear puts his hand out to take a cupcake from the baking tray, the skunk threatens to spray him if he would do so; Papa Bear quickly takes his hand away and gets going.
The band of monkeys and rabbits are seen doing a sound check of the music. Just then a “Hellllooooo” is heard, followed by a clearing of the throat, and another “Helllooooooooooo! Is anybody home?” All the zoo personnel and animals scram to take positions outside.
Everybody breaks into a Broadway-like song and dance routine. The animals at the door look a little nervous, a little surprised. The zoo staff and the older animals help them with their luggage and sway them into their dance and give a tour of the zoo. The song ends in, “Welcome Home!”, as the birds lift the streamer of “Welcome Home” into the air and they settle on heads of two giraffes!