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Sad Panda No More
April 20, 2014 5:23 PM   Subscribe

After being separated from her long time companion, who was sent to another zoo in China, Sijia the panda started showing worrying signs of depression. So the staff at Yunnan Safari Park decided to make things a bit more fun for her, and built an amusement park in her enclosure, including a plasma television showing her feeds from other pandas around the world.

This is not the first time that pandas have been given access to awesome toys, which they seem to enjoy very much.
posted by quin (13 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wouldn't it be better to allow pandas to live in their natural habitat and just put plasma televisions in zoos around the world showing a live feed of their awesome life together?
posted by travelwithcats at 5:40 PM on April 20 [30 favorites]


The zoo might someday be their natural habitat.
posted by TwelveTwo at 6:00 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


Well, for one thing, that would tend to stop them from turning the habitat into a series of empty apartment blocks.
posted by aramaic at 6:02 PM on April 20 [3 favorites]


The zoo might someday be their natural habitat.

Actually, their natural habitat is expanding and the population growing.
posted by travelwithcats at 6:12 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


Panda pimping is big business. They lease those animals for about a million bucks a year plus room and board.
posted by srboisvert at 7:14 PM on April 20


Wouldn't it be better to allow pandas to live in their natural habitat and just put plasma televisions in zoos around the world showing a live feed of their awesome life together?
Add some telepresence drones, write this up as a 7-slide powerpoint, and spend the next week hanging out in bars in downtown Palo Alto. You should be able to secure a few million dollars in seed money by the end of the week.

Play your cards right, and Google may buy you out for a billion dollars at the end of the year.
posted by b1tr0t at 7:19 PM on April 20 [4 favorites]


Play your cards right, and Google may buy you out for a billion dollars at the end of the year.

No spoilers for Silicon Valley, please.
posted by shivohum at 8:27 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


a plasma television showing her feeds from other pandas around the world.

They cured her depression with reality TV, basically.

I wonder how she would react to cat videos.
posted by fatehunter at 11:38 PM on April 20 [2 favorites]


Wouldn't it be better to allow pandas to live in their natural habitat and just put plasma televisions in zoos around the world showing a live feed of their awesome life together?

Then, how would tourists be able to pay $100 to hug pandas?
posted by FJT at 12:17 AM on April 21


travelwithcats waaaaaaaay too logical.
posted by dabitch at 12:43 AM on April 21


Curiously, watching video of other people does not do any good when I'm lonely.
posted by JanetLand at 5:43 AM on April 21 [1 favorite]


Ya know, if someone came in the middle of the night and kidnapped my wife, I'm pretty sure what I wouldn't need... is an amusement park. :-)
posted by smidgen at 11:15 AM on April 21 [4 favorites]


So it's solitary confinement, but there's a swing and a TV? Great.
posted by jocelmeow at 1:29 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


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