Ylvis's hit "The Fox" (What Does the Fox Say?) was the surprise viral song of the late summer. We can't believe it's taken all of nearly two months, but here, finally, is a parody of that video set in China, featuring that other wonderfully mysterious creature of the woods, by which we mean -- of course -- the giant panda.
Talk about a publicity and soft power machine for China. On Saturday, June 22, a female panda named Haizi gave birth to twins at a conservation center in Wolong, and everyone is talking about it, from BBC to AP to the Telegraph, which reports:
This is already more than a week old, but it's too good to dismiss on those grounds. Check out this red panda at the Fuzhou Panda World in Fujian province, being all adorable to ridiculous levels. His name is Firefox, and it's no mere raccoon. In this 30-second clip, it basically makes everyone forget that other type of panda.
We're told the red pandas at this reserve can also balance on balls and ride electric vehicles.
"No pandas affected in Sichaun quake," reads this China Daily headline. Try telling that to the panda in the above video, filmed at the Bifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center. We've never seen a panda move that fast, except maybe down slides.
Two pandas left Chengdu today for a 12,875-kilometer journey to Toronto, where they will stay for five years at the Toronto Zoo and then five more at Calgary Zoo. Er Shun, a female, and Da Mao, a male, are big deals, diplomatically speaking. They were assets in February 2012 talks between China and Canada, two countries... Read more »
The Sina Weibo user who posted this picture, @哥不一搬3285043987, appears to have absonded from social media, but he/she thinks this giant panda in Lanzhou, Gansu province is dying because the zoo can’t feed it. The post: Lanzhou City Zoo’s panda is the world’s saddest panda. Thin and dirty. So hungry it can’t even walk. Supervisors... Read more »
I don’t want to steal pageviews from Sina English, which has just published probably its funniest set of captions ever, so go over there and check out “Zoo plays AV to help pandas mate.” They run a total of three pictures, the captions to each are as follows:
In many ways, it’s a story that combines everything that makes the Chinese media gush: pandas, tea, X-thousand years of culture, little children wearing cute costumes… And poop. Panda poop. That’s the recipe behind what some are calling the most expensive tea ever created. Selling for an eye-popping 440,000 RMB per kilogram (about $32,000 per... Read more »
This newly opened hotel at the foot of Emei Mountain in Sichuan province, about 100 miles from Chengdu, is reportedly the first panda-themed hotel in the world. Checking in for a night comes with your free panda furry, apparently:
Maybe these cuddly creatures are useful for more than just their looks. Via The Telegraph: Scientists have discovered that the animals, of which there are around 1,600 in the wild, produce a powerful antibiotic in their blood stream that kills bacteria and fungi. They believe the substance could be used to create potent new treatments... Read more »
Xiao Liwu, i.e. "Little Gift," was born on July 29 as "Sausage" (which is pretty adorable) before folks voted to change his name. Here he is getting a vet exam at his home in the San Diego Zoo. Follow him on his Panda Cam if you can stand it.