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May 31, 2007 1:50 PM   Subscribe

The first 3 months of a panda's life, in photos (courtesy of the World Wildlife Foundation). Bonus link: a gaggle of pandas make for the most adorable news outtakes ever.
posted by jonson (34 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh fer cripes sake! I MUST KISS IT!
posted by LeeJay at 2:04 PM on May 31, 2007


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaw.
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:08 PM on May 31, 2007


lolpandas.com is still free...
posted by AwkwardPause at 2:10 PM on May 31, 2007


Mmmm, starts off looking like a sloth covered in cobwebs.
That last pic's pretty damned cute though.

*goes back to playing with cute little baby mantises in back yard*
posted by lekvar at 2:18 PM on May 31, 2007


Good one, thanks jonson.
posted by doctor_negative at 2:35 PM on May 31, 2007


I love how all this cuteness ends with a crazy all caps rant.
posted by damn dirty ape at 2:40 PM on May 31, 2007


Flagged as delightful!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:43 PM on May 31, 2007


Those are cute, but still I beleive the best thing pandas can do is go extinct. Why bother with a species that does not want to reproduce?
posted by dov3 at 2:51 PM on May 31, 2007


These pictures will be turned into lolpandahz, mark my words.

And there are very few things as wonderful as mantises lekvar, I mean look at it's sweet little head...
posted by quin at 2:53 PM on May 31, 2007


oh boy...lolpandas
Im in ur incubator nappin on ur blanket
posted by horsemuth at 2:57 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hmmm. Preview button, eh? What's that do?
posted by horsemuth at 2:58 PM on May 31, 2007


Unfortunately...
posted by Muddler at 3:12 PM on May 31, 2007


I was *just* going to post that one, Muddler. Good scoop!

Pandas: really, really sure they're done with this world.
posted by batmonkey at 3:18 PM on May 31, 2007


So cute. I will now asplode.

What post about cuteness is complete without inexplicable Japanese videos?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:41 PM on May 31, 2007


The pandas in that video totally remind me of Ewoks.
posted by ddf at 4:07 PM on May 31, 2007


dov3, you mean "I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that wouldn't screw to save its species"?

Maybe there's something that goes on in the wild that doesn't happen in captivity, some kind of natural herb that's panda Viagra which we don't know about. Panda key parties. Panda Plato's Retreat that we bulldozed down to get some more Ikea tables.

It's a tossup which will go first, the pandas, or the tigers, the last of whom will have the eventual fate of ending up in a Chinese apothecary's shop, its genitalia dried, ground, and powdered in the vain hope that it might serve as a stimulant to a superstitious businessman's flaccid manhood.
posted by adipocere at 4:13 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


some kind of natural herb that's panda Viagra which we don't know about

They don't need panda Viagra, just panda porn.
posted by DanielDManiel at 5:24 PM on May 31, 2007


the tigers, the last of whom will have the eventual fate of ending up in a Chinese apothecary's shop, its genitalia dried, ground, and powdered in the vain hope that it might serve as a stimulant to a superstitious businessman's flaccid manhood.

Please don't perpetuate this falsehood. It does nothing but give westerners an excuse to look down at asians. Most animals in Tradition Chinese Medicine are not used as sexual stimulants. In spite of what the media might say.

It's used to treat every ailment, from a toothache to cancer. And yes, sometimes fertility and impotence, but no more so, and possibly less than western medicine. Its the bones of tigers that are used, and they're used to treat arthritis and other bone and joint disorders.

TCM seems like it would be wildly wrong to those of us growing up with Western Medicine, but a large percentage of the population on earth, their only option has always been TCM. Go on telling them they're using it to get their rocks off, and they're going to say you know nothing about how it works, so who are you to tell them to stop?

I read one article once that described a father's use of rhino horn for his sons fever. He said something along the lines of "Sure, I don't want all the rhinos to die, but if its a choice between my son and them, I'd kill every last one."
posted by [insert clever name here] at 6:02 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


You could learn a lot from a little bear.
posted by psmith at 6:02 PM on May 31, 2007


omg, too damn cute! I just love the little dickens at about 25 or 30 days when it is just fuzzing up and looks like an albino chia pet. This post improved my mood immeasurably after a mildly annoying day, thanks.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:11 PM on May 31, 2007


"Sure, I don't want all the rhinos to die, but if its a choice between my son and them, I'd kill every last one."

I'd prefer the rhinos.
posted by puke & cry at 6:23 PM on May 31, 2007


Damn, the news should be like that all the time. No war, no guns, just pandas.

As for the ground-up tiger argument, maybe some people should get a clue that ground up tiger is a shitty remedy for anything. And if it does have some sort of medical efficacy, why doesn't someone take it to a chemist, who will tell them they can buy or synthesize the active ingredient and they won't have to kill any more fucking tigers?
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:04 PM on May 31, 2007


Well, sure, but where's the money in that?
posted by 40 Watt at 7:34 PM on May 31, 2007


Sneezing Panda.
posted by dirigibleman at 8:50 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


This picture is my favorite. I just love that little smile he's got goin' on there....
posted by Lucinda at 8:55 PM on May 31, 2007


BlackLeotardFront: I don't disagree with you. However; that is not the theory behind TCM. They aren't looking for an active ingredient to be extracted, but rather to gain an attribute of the animal in question to health their own self. For example; you wouldn't be looking to kill the cancer with a chemical, you would be making your body stronger to resist the cancer (or correct what imbalances is causing the cancer). At least from my limited understanding.

I think its complete nonsense, but its also been around for 3000 years, so I also accept I may really have no idea what I'm talking about.

The point I'm making though is not so much that its acceptable to kill off legions of animals and send species into extinction for TCM, but that until westerners understand what exactly TCM is, no snide comments are going to get anyone who practices/believes in TCM to change, and no endangered animals will be saved.

puke & cry: I'd prefer the rhinos.

Sure, if its not your kid.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 9:28 PM on May 31, 2007


great post and great title, jonson. both managed to make me laugh. in other news, pandas at play is perhaps the cutest thing i have ever seen!
posted by numinous at 9:49 PM on May 31, 2007


They use the whole tiger, each part for different things, I know. But, hey, check Wikipedia about the tiger penis if you don't believe me. Just google (is it lowercase if I use it as a verb?) "tiger penis" and get back to me. It's sure not looking like a falsehood.
posted by adipocere at 10:25 PM on May 31, 2007


dirigibleman, that sneezing panda video was the funniest thing I have seen all day!
posted by LeeJay at 11:01 PM on May 31, 2007


Sure, if its not your kid.

That comment you mentioned about the father willing to kill every last rhino just to save his son is the typical disgusting attitude of humans. Whatever it takes and fuck everything else. Who cares if I have to send an animal into extinction, my kid is more important.

Sure, I don't want want all humans to die. But if it's a choice between the survival of animal species and them, I'd kill every last human.
posted by puke & cry at 11:55 PM on May 31, 2007


really, p&c? That's the craziest fucking thing I've heard someone say here in years. There's maybe 2 or 3 Thylacines (wild cats) left on earth. If you had a choice between them surviving and the entire human species you'd kill all six billion of us, men women & children, Americans, Europeans, Africans, etc just to save those two cats? Have you been drinking unfiltered hyperbole again? You know that stuff just comes right back up, right?
posted by jonson at 12:12 AM on June 1, 2007


I like the title, but jonson hasn't justified to us that the panda is the best bear.

...which he can't, because pandas are marsupials.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:06 AM on June 1, 2007


Fact! Pandas are the best bear!
posted by jonson at 8:53 AM on June 1, 2007


Pope Guilty, perhaps you're confusing the panda with a koala? Pandas are not marsupials: their reproductive traits are consistent with that of placental mammals; taxonomically, they belong to the Ursidae (Bear) family.
posted by numinous at 9:34 PM on June 3, 2007


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