Image of Lin Bing via Wikimedia
Everyone’s favorite reality show panda, Thailand’s Lin Bing, is coming to China to find a mate. The panda is a pretty big deal in Thailand; she was named after more than 20 million people mailed in their votes, and Lin is the star of a “much loved but lethargic reality show” that has broadcast her life since birth. Now four years old, it’s time to go to China, where the Thai government will pay an exorbitant fee so the prized panda can get its rocks off and hopefully spawn some flashy sequels.
The Washington Post reports:
[In October] Lin Ping will then relocate to China, where authorities will find her a male partner, and the two will be allowed to return to Thailand to mate, he said.
“Normally every baby panda born overseas must return to China to breed,” Surapong said, but the Chinese made an exception due to close bilateral ties with Thailand. […]
China has not set a date for Lin Ping’s return to Thailand but will try to ensure it is within a year, Surapong said. She will be allowed to remain in Thailand for up to 15 years, at a cost of $1 million per year, said Surapong.
Lin Bing is technically owned by China, because both of her parents were on loan to Thailand when she was born. This international mate search will cost Thailand millions, but think of the ratings! Excerpts from the show can be seen here.