Saturday, January 20, 2007


Awwww, BABY PANDAS! They're so cute and fuzzy. Every office has at least one person who can be counted on to forward around emails of things like baby pandas.

Look at them all just, like, crawling all over everything and each other. Seriously, I challenge you to artificially impregnate 38 of something and get this cute a result.

A most adorable photo-op. Still, you have to feel a little bad that all these pandas are sequestered alone from such a young age, only so they can be exported and put on display for national pride's sake. I mean, it's not like they're some kind of gymnastics team. Shouldn't they be out in the wild eating, what, I think it's bamboo? Or possibly insects?

SICHUAN, China — One zoo in southwest China has its hands full with 16 baby pandas. The Sichuan Wolong Panda Protection and Breed Center is dealing with the results of a breeding boom — 16 pandas have been born since July, 2006. The brood includes five sets of twins. The cubs are weighed and measured every five days (see pics). The heaviest tips the scale at just over 24 pounds, while the lightest weighs about 11 pounds. The pandas are due to stop suckling by February, 2007 just about the time they'll start learning to walk. Once weaned, the panda cubs will attend panda kindergarten. In the meantime, more little ones are expected at the center since 38 giant pandas were artificially impregnated.


Blogger Nate said...

Adorable indeed. The funny thing about baby pandas is that immediately after they're born they look horrifying -- like huge alien leech-rats or something. If memory serves, during the craze surrounding the National Zoo's panda birth a couple of summers ago, officials basically suppressed photographs of the little guy (I still only know him as "Butterstick") until he developed sufficiently adorable features, such as patches of black fur and visible eyes.

My basic impression of contemporary China is that they're constructing lots and lots of everything; it makes sense to me that pandas wouldn't be any different.

1/20/2007 4:02 PM  

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