Bye, Bye Butterstick.
December 10, 2009 7:25 AM   Subscribe

Tai Shan the panda more commonly known as Butterstick is being deported to China. His parents will be joining him at the end of 2010.
posted by grapefruitmoon (18 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A bit of background as to the name.
posted by now i'm piste at 7:45 AM on December 10, 2009

Butterstick, was given that name by DC bloggers.

One of whom is my cousin!
posted by fontophilic at 7:50 AM on December 10, 2009

I think "deported" is misleading. The National Zoo asked that the panda's loan be extended.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 7:56 AM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

He isn't cute anymore, so fuck him. More room for the red pandas!
posted by BobbyDigital at 8:02 AM on December 10, 2009

I think "deported" is misleading.

The article doesn't even mention what he did to get kicked out of the country.
posted by graventy at 8:10 AM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

Yeah, "deported" is a pretty loaded word. I mean, it's not like the panda got pulled over for driving erratically and upon running his plates the police officer discovered that not only had Tai Shan's student visa expired, but the panda wasn't even attending community college anymore because he'd dropped out so he could spend more time on his music and get his shit together and play Xbox.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 8:11 AM on December 10, 2009 [2 favorites]

We'll all miss him, but soon enough there will be some new hot young starlet panda turning everyone's heads.

I'm still upset that they got rid of the bat cave. How can you have a proper zoo with no bats? *fume*
posted by JoanArkham at 8:22 AM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

Yeah, "deported" is a pretty loaded word.

Though probably not as bad as the phrase "snatched away from us," which is used in the dcist article.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:37 AM on December 10, 2009

My sister, who lives near the National Zoo, often visits the pandas after a bad break-up, or a good break-up, or at the start of a new relationship, or after the second date, or when she is sad, or when she is happy, or when she is bored, or when she is too busy and needs a break, or when she's trying to avoid her roommates, or when she wants to show her roommates a good time, or when she is sick, or when she is well, or....

She's addicted to the pandas. If they all leave and a replacement is not found, a pandadone if you will, I fear for her health. She's nearing the end of grad school and is only holding on to her sanity by the thinnest of threads. Sans-panda, she will snap, smearing her face with white greasepaint and darkening circles around her eyes as she prowls the city following people wearing monochrome clothes (why won't anyone think of the ska bands!?). Her stalking will develop overtime as she puts together a rudimentary panda costume. She will be a ghost in black and white.

Her last act will be to be gunned downed by zookeepers with tranquilizer guns as she desperately tries to climb into the vacant panda enclosure in an attempt to go home once more.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:57 AM on December 10, 2009 [4 favorites]

He'll be going off on a "breeding mission" which is really just a polite way of saying "panda sex tourism."
posted by pjdoland at 9:39 AM on December 10, 2009 [4 favorites]

Screw pandas.
posted by HumanComplex at 9:39 AM on December 10, 2009

They got rid of the batcave? I can remember going to the Zoo on field trips and walking in there and seeing that Batman logo on the wall and thinking that was the coolest shit ever.
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 9:45 AM on December 10, 2009

Sniff. I need a new handle... suggestions?
posted by butterstick at 9:48 AM on December 10, 2009

Robocop: Well, she'll just have to move. Memphis still has pandas, and I think San Diego does, as well.
posted by absalom at 9:50 AM on December 10, 2009

There are red pandas, but those are generally unsatisfactory to the addict.

Ailuropoda melanoleuca is a gateway animal: unless you stage an intervention, your sister is probably going to be doing meerkats three times a day.
posted by sebastienbailard at 11:07 AM on December 10, 2009

I was sooo hoping that second link would lead to a picture of a panda eating a stick of butter.
posted by Ouisch at 12:35 PM on December 10, 2009

The comments made in this SLYT video do not represent the opinions or policies of Mrs Shotglass. But damn is it fun.
posted by mrsshotglass at 1:09 PM on December 10, 2009

That little guy brought me moments of joy during a miserable year with a jerk of a boss. Bless the National Zoo and the Panda Cam. Now go make more baby pandas, kthxbai.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 4:55 PM on December 10, 2009

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