1. Christian Burnham says

    The photo on the right looks photoshopped. I think the Panda’s been framed.

  2. QrazyQat says

    Thing about pandas is they can be crazy drunk and puking, and as you’re holding their big head over the toilet, you can’t help thinking, “still cute”.

  3. Lilith says

    I was going to try to come up with something about the panda going to the same Christian Rehab is Pastor Ted… but nothing can top this one:

    >>Put a new spin on eats, shoots and leaves.
    Posted by: Yodel | July 13, 2007 08:20 PM

    … and I’d just been given a copy of that book. Maybe I’ll wait to read it…

  4. Jon says

    It’s always the sanctimonious, holier-than-thou Ursidaes pulling this kind of garbage.

  5. says

    Of course, this was originally published in that scandal sheet known as the San Francisco Chronicle. Years ago I was in an editorial meeting where the Chron‘s top people discussed the stories to go into the next edition. One of them was pushing an item about a bear in Yosemite that was suspected of attacking a tourist. Since the bear was not caught in the act, the park ranger was supposedly putting together a panel to determine whether they had the right bear and if it should be euthanized. The editors laughingly discussed the “bear trial” for several minutes before deciding it wasn’t going into the paper.

    They wouldn’t make that mistake today!

  6. says

    It’s always the sanctimonious, holier-than-thou Ursidaes pulling this kind of garbage.

    He learned most of his bad habits back when he was lumped in with the Procyonids, a notoriously loose-living taxon. Even though he’s been restored as a basal Ursid, old habits die hard.

  7. natural cynic says

    GH Even though he’s been restored as a basal Ursid, old habits die hard.

    Don’t think so, maybe more like he’s hoping that hard habits die old.

  8. says

    Huh! Probably the same tourist who was pushing a bear into his car so he could take a picture of it “driving”! No kidding. I’d like to have been the park ranger who caught him.

  9. JohnnieCanuck, FCD says

    Or the same tourist that thought it would make a cute picture to put the baby in the ‘arms’ of the bear that was sitting up begging at the side of the road?

  10. says

    “Only backrubs,” huh? Well, my hands are killing me. Thanks for the quarter rolls by the way, Steve-o. Backrubs my ass. (Look, I’m putting myself through grad school, okay?) ;-)

  11. jpf says

    Profiting from their poop:

    The [Bangkok] zoo also recently discovered a new way to make money by selling souvenirs made from the dung of the pandas. They include paper, books and bookmarks which are all enjoying brisk sales.

    But the most popular of them all is just straight panda poop. About 50-100 pieces of panda dung are eagerly snapped up by visitors each day.

    Zoo staff said Xuang Xuang and Lin Hui pass waste matter weighing about 20 kilogrammes each day.

    The content of panda poop is made up largely of bamboo fibre.

    Solid pieces of panda dung are needed to make ideal souvenirs. But the zoo finds only 20-30 of them a day.

    The dung is baked to make it dry and hard before being packaged in transparent plastic bags. The panda dung sells for 20 baht apiece.

    The rest of the dung that is not firm enough is processed into paper, books or bookmarks.

    According to zoo staff, panda poop has no bad odour, as the pandas do not eat meat. They are herbivores that feed mainly on bamboo.

  12. says

    That’s actually an old idea. But, I guess not everybody grew with moose-dung knick-knacks from Alaska in their house (as a childhood friend recently reminded me).