Taipei Zoo’s new baby panda, currently still in the disgusting pink rat stage of development, has hurt its leg!
Shanghai Daily, provider of important panda news, explains how the currently nameless cub got a booboo:
The female cub was accidentally injured by her mother when the adult panda tried to grasp and lick the baby’s leg with her mouth, zoo staff said yesterday.
More proof, if any was needed, that nature does not want pandas to survive as a species.
According to the WSJ, Panda X’s existence is of more import than most of its fluffy, bamboo-eating co-speciesists:
The new panda’s parents, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan – names that, taken together, mean “reunion” — were gifted to Taiwan in 2008.
The decision to accept the pandas was controversial. Beijing first extended the offer in 2005, but it was rejected by Taipei, which was then led by the independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party. When a China-friendly Kuomingtang, or Nationalist Party, administration took the helm in 2008, cross-strait ties warmed and the pandas were accepted.
The first panda cub to be born in Taiwan remains nameless. Taipei Zoo officials say there will be a contest in coming months in which the public can vote on a name. It will be interesting to see what Taiwan’s people choose, seeing that the cub’s parents were named through a similar public poll on the other side of the strait.