In China, one of the world's oldest pandas dies, while another shows signs of possible pregnancy.
And here in the Hong Kong newsroom, I inevitably get asked for my reaction.
You see, I'm known as the resident "panda hater." Go ahead, flog me with bamboo. I have long held the view that the giant panda is the Kim Kardashian of the animal world. It has big eyes, curves in the right places, and is ever-photogenic. It gets by on its good looks alone, while more deserving animals (the Yangtze River crocodile, hello??) are simply ignored by the world's animators and toy-makers.
Unfair, I say!
Not only that, the panda behaves in ways that are simply counter-intuitive to staying alive. It eats bamboo when its body is not adapted to digest it. It rarely mates and requires human intervention to prolong the species - so much so that zookeepers have resorted to screening "panda porn" to encourage coupling.
Many others have refused to pander to the panda, including wildlife expert Chris Packham who said they "should be able to die out" and the Animal Review which gives the giant panda an "F" for "occupying valuable zoo space while bringing little to the table."
I have shared their disaste, and paid the price for it. Over the years, I've received gifts of panda candy, panda toys and "I heart panda" buttons from friends and colleagues all with the intent to wind up the hater in me. My Operations Supervisor made sure to give me a stuffed Jing Jing, the panda mascot from the 2008 Beijing Games described as "charmingly naive and optimistic."
I strung the plush diva up in my kitchen as an ironic tchotcke.
And then, I became a mother.
When my daughter was 6-months-old, I caught her searching for the swinging panda in the kitchen. Twelve months later, she would point at the stuffed doll say "panda" in both English and Chinese. I eventually took Jing Jing down and handed it over to my little one. The tchotcke became her chum.
I decided to take her to Hong Kong's Ocean Park to visit its panda habitats. Sure enough, the pandas were a no-show. They were simply too occupied sleeping in the backroom to stroll out and let a 2-year-old take in all their fuzzy fabulousness. My toddler, along with another young visitor, were in tears. And I sensed the panda hate starting to rise again.
But then, it appeared. A giant panda wandered straight toward us and sat down, just two meters away, to eat its bamboo breakfast. My daughter started to describe its eyes, ears and actions. She was mesmerized. I was mesmerized. That damn panda made my heart melt.
I am no longer a "panda hater." But I should admit, I do feel a tinge of pride when my daughter asks to see the Asian alligator instead. I want her to be a daring girl who is willing to venture beyond the cuddly... and yet willing to admit, yep, that was cute.
Just don't get me started on Kim Kardashian.
i didnt know pandas rarely mate. seems to me someone who has the same problem would be interested in a fact like that. maybe you need to date more- im available ;)
Vinny, it's a well-known fact.
Pandas are, indeed, the spoiled divas of the animal kingdom. I've seen them up close and, unlike Kristie, still hate them. They are useless as far as animals and living things are concerned.
I love pandas. But, I'm open to new things...where's a pix of the alligator??
Why bother to hate an innocent panda when you can hate Arnold S. instead!
You Sorry Baster.
I m from HK and I got to see a Panda in Macau because I went to their quaters with my relatives. They look alrite but not something that match up to the hype they create. The polar bear looks much better and they are stronger animals. Other "common" animal like african elephant, lion, leopard, even a pack of wolf looks more interesting than Panda... and I really miss our Mrs. Ocar of the Ocean Park...
To be honest I do not want the Ocean to have another ocar... I saw her just once almost 20 years ago but she has that charm especially when you compare her with those Pandas.
God dam that panda... it should be rolling around on a ball for everyone to gawk at and performing on command. Life at zoo is no free meal ticket, it's a life of enslavement and amusement...
if it doesn't do what is required we should kick it out & put it back into the natural dwindling ecosystem that we are destroying because of our self absorbed gluttony of perpetual disrespect for earth.
We are the champions, not anything else!!
Disaster Movie – Kung-Fu Panda is really beautiful and great Tech innovation success.
What could possibly be dumber than a giant panda?
An Animal Critic . . .
NW- I saw two polar bears squaring off at the San Diego zoo once- they were standing on their hind legs and roaring to make your ears hurt as they swung their paws at each other. I can truthfully say that the entire crowd of about 30 of us humans were terrified of the 8 ft tall monsters. It was amazing!
The world could use a lot more cuddly, and far less hatred. I choose cuddly over wasted hate energy any day.
Hysterical! I think I hate pandas now.
I can understand not caring about Pandas. I can even (to an extent) understand not liking pandas.
But who in their right mind "hates" pandas?
Hate is a strong word. That's why it's associated with such things as hate speech, hate crime, etc.
My guess is that this author doesn't really know the meaning of hate. That she, like many other iPhone-toting, rap-listening youth these days, thinks that hate is the root word of the colloquialism "hater."
It's not and "hater" is a stupid phrase. Why don't you young idiots learn how to properly use the English language?
Maybe panda porn is the problem. If these male pandas get unrestricted internet access and look at sites like "Bearly Legal" they may lose the motivation.
Uh, ok. I never would have guessed an animal could incite vitriol from the public. I stand corrected.
Pandas are the clowns of the animal world.
Pandas are a divine creation. I could be having the worst of day, yet smile when i watch a youtube video of panda sneeze, or panda babies playing. Thats the magic of the panda. Alligators are only good for boots and handbags.
That makes me a sad panda!
F*** YOU DOLPHIN AND F*** YOU PANDAAA!!!
This article gave me the laugh I needed for today. I have a feeling the next time I see a panda I'll instantly think of Kim Kardashian!!
ha ha ha man thats some funny stuff right their i do agree with all who posted with their arguments i am no panda hater tho. but i dont like them either . i think we should just let the damn things die off look at the dodo bird it died off long ago and you dont see anyone shedding a tear. look natural selection says if sa speacies doesnt have what it takes to preserve itself it should die off.i have never seen a panda in real life but i have seen videos their really lazy and dumb animals and we as humans try to preserve a speacies that obviusely wants to circle the draine already. look if i had a queer dog and i was a breeder id get get rid of the dog but you got zoos giving thier pandas porn to get them off thats just to much maybe they taste good with some good chillie id have barbeque panda mmmm yummy ha ha ha pandas are all lops
Big John, "hate" IS the root word of "hater," meaning "one who hates." Don't get mad, change in meaning is inevitable in language.
Haters gonna hate ;)
Why does the National Zoo = our government = taxpayers pay millions of $ to rent pandas? Each year - just about this time of year - there is the annoucement that their captive hormones are raging - and then nothing. Your hatred should be directed more appropriately, not at the animal.
HELLO,...Yangtze River crocodile,...
Animator ? "I'am in the "river" to see that .Another great success ,sure?
I think Panda should be raised for human consumption in a sustainable fashion, similar to Bison in the U.S.
They must be delicious or they wouldn't be endangered.
Also, someone MUST stop Panda Express and their false advertising. NONE of their menu items actually include Panda.
Pandas are the "loss leaders" of the conservation movement. Sure, it is debatable as to whether the efforts to save them are truly worth the investment but they are the ones that get the money coming through the door in the first place.
In some sense, their delicate nature is what makes them so special for if we can save them then there is certainly hope for more durable species.
Pandas are nothing to make a big deal over, and I think the issue here is simple...PEOPLE. People are the reason this comes up. People are so drawn to things they see as "cute" or "cuddly".
I look at these bears like the rest of them. A dangerous animal that unless I have to face off with...I couldn't care less about. Infact we should let nature weed them out because eating only one plant is about as "adaptable" as a square waterhole to a round faucet.
Allowed to die out? The Giant Panda was once common across most of Southern China. They survived for millions of years before 1.4 BILLION Chinese showed up and nearly wiped them all out down to just a few tiny dots of the land they once roamed. So after massive persecution and human pressure people actually feel we should just let them "die out" as if it were a natural thing? Left alone, they were doing just fine.
I realize it is my fault for clicking the link to this story, but it's a pretty lame article. My only reaction is, who cares about your stupid self absorbed story of how your 2 year old taught you to love pandas.
@Big John....grow a sense of humor. It's never too late.
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Sounds like someone was chased by a naked panda down a hotel hallway.
They're not endangered because they're delicious, they're endangered because they're stupid. Their natural stupidity is what is killing them. They don't care to breed in the wild, they just sit around, eating bamboo and watching Jersey Shore all day. They're cute, but what a worthless critter.
Big John, you know what else is idiotic – stereotyping. FYI, the author of this article is in her late 30s,
Boo to the Panda. They do absolutely nothing to deserve all the attention they get. And quite frankly, I don't think they are so cute. There are so many animals on the brink of extinction that are more deserving of our attention and interventions. I say let the Panda fade away...
all are valid points regarding pandas, but almost all other species (except pets and food) would be unfit to any human activity. you should not stop protecting any species just because they are unfit in human standard.
I think the author meant: "tchotchke", not "tchotcke"! But I like her writing style, so it's cool.
Why does anyone think they get to decide what animals are more worthwhile than others? What kind of person sits in judgment of animals?
I understand the author's hatred toward the Panda. Its the same way that I feel about the Manatee. Manatees are just like turds, there big and they just float there in the dark murky Florida waters. I just cant stand them, there like lazy slobs that doing nothing but float there all day!
CNN deserves some credit for scooping MSNBC and Fox News on this story.
Sounds like you were expecting way too much out of a captive animal. There is no reason to hate any animal. As far as letting them die out, I see your point. If a species requires human intervention to keep it from extinction (assuming humans did not put it into that situation in the first place), then it does seem like a waste of resources to try to preserve the species.
You are a moron. If you have a personality disorder that makes you dislike cute cuddly animals it is pretty dumb to broadcast that info to the world.
The panda eats shoots and leaves.
The panda eats, shoots and leaves.
While these pandas appear docile, they are the #1 threat to the United States according to all reputable sources I cannot cite. While already tackling the "grizzly" and "polar" bear problem in the pacific northwest, what we really need to worry about are these bi-polar bears from the far east! The Chinese are making us think these vicious beasts are cute, and when we least expect it... Chinese takeover using Panda's like 60's riot dogs on the unsuspecting American public. Maybe yall just dont understand the sreiousness of the problem, or maybe you just dont give a f***.
Pandas suck. Let them die off just like any other species that gets pick to be extinct.
The truth about The Yangtze River dolphin.
I love this movie end .It's True , beautiful and evolutive .
Stay strong Kristie. Us panda haters are more rare than the panda itself. Stay strong, don't let the cuteness break you down. Pandas are worthless. Kristie, you've only touched on the beginning of why there's no reason they should be kept alive by human assistance. God forbid you ever make eye contact with a panda – it will become too depressed to eat for a week if you do.
I say we start a campaign – FREE THE PANDAS. Let them loose back in their natural habitats... because you know they won't survive on their own.
Annie C. is the leader of this secret Chinese plot.. if you see her, tell her you're on to her.
Pandas may be cute, but it's just a trick to get you in close so they can eat your face.
This is not news. CNN please post some actually relevant news articles and not some pointless opinions about whether some woman I don't know at all dislikes pandas or not. Even a child understand that not everyone likes the same animal, so this article is a worthless waste of time.
Anyone advocating the death of any living organism, is living in hatred, and are immoral human beings. Those saying that any animal takes up valuable space should be ashamed of themselves.. We need to embrace our living conditions, and those living with us. We would not be here today if it werent for the animals that we co-existed with all of these years... come on people, get off of your selfish rocker, and stop hating... Sometimes i wish we lived in the ages where people actually had to hunt and gather.. then others would learn to value life and everything that comes along with being alive.. (enjoy your world, you wont be here for long)
What I hate is ignorant people who pass judgment on other animals from the point of view of self-important humans who think they are "lords of the earth". I'm sorry, but nature didn't ask you if she should create pandas, or manatees, or anything else. Nature doesn't care if you think they have a "use" or not. They evolved because they have a place in the ecosystem, a role to play in the web of life. They are living beings who unfortunately can't speak for themselves, and they don't have hands, tools or weapons, so they are at the mercy of human prigs who think they can mess up the natural world at will. Pandas have trouble surviving because WE HAVE DESTROYED THEIR HABITAT. Mr. BRod thinks that therefore it is a waste of resources to save them. On the contrary, we have a moral obligation to save them since it is we who have endangered them. Anyone who doesn't see that doesn't have a moral center, nor any understanding of ecology.
"Let them die out." "Let them fade away." "They are useless."
Do the people who are making these comments realize that Pandas aren't dying because they are stupid or useless; but because their habitat has been destroyed by human expansion. They were doing just fine with their diet of bamboo for many years before humans were even on the planet. The only reason they need our help now is because we are the ones who hurt them.
The most obnoxious comment I'm seeing is the kind that says that they are "useless", and should therefore be allowed to die. I'm so sorry that they don't entertain you, or provide you with meat, or guard your house. But neither do most wild animals. Are these people so conceited that they are determining who deserves to live or die? What use do you bring to the planet, other than consuming it?
Panda are absolutely worthless. Most animals have a role in the environment, but the panda doesn't. It SHOULD be allowed to die out as part of evolution.
Wow, let an animal die out because it serves no purpose? If that's the case, then you might as well start out on the human species. What purpose do we serve but to start wars and destroy the earth? Every species of animal serves a purpose. To keep this earth alive. What kind of person are you?
What are you talking about Kim Kardashian is nothing like pandas. She F@#$s all the time.
pandas are the most ridicoulouse animals ever they are pretty damn stupid if panda porn doesnt get them to bbree then thier dumb asses. i think the panda should just die out because it should contribute to the earth like other animals. Crocodiles: Eat dumb animals that get to close to the water when alone. Coyote's scavengers clean up road kill.
Truckasaurus rex: gets rid of old cars that no one wants to buy. every animal has a job for its eco system right, what does a panda do it just sits and eats one stick of bamboo and sleeps all its like the guy on welfare who cant work cuz he's fat. and you know i hate pandas they are the wuss of the animal kingdom. grizzly bears and polar bears are beutiful strong and fiersom, who will fight when threatend. pandas would just be the fat kid who sits there and takes the beating, and not be the fat kid who slammes the little bastrd kids to the groundd pretty much giving the kid a cuncussion. lol but pandas are fat
I kinda get where the author is coming from. I feel the same way about orchids (you need a metal rod to grow?? just be extinct already!!!). But pandas were doing just fine until humans started mowing down their one food source and encroaching on their forests. They may be picky maters, but once upon a time they had the luxury to be so. Now they are paying because WE are effing up the planet. So are koalas, dolphins, polar bears, and a grillion other animals even far less picky.
Please read Panda Process's post. Panda populations have not died out because they're bad at mating (which they are) and exist on a diet almost devoid of nutrition (which they do), but because people have killed them off. How frustrating to know that so many people think we should finish the job. And how arrogant of people to think that they have a right to declare that an entire species of animal does or does not deserve to live.
Hooray for somebody else who doesn't understand all the hoopla for something / someone who's famous because they're famous.
I don't hate pandas. They are cute. But they're too much trouble/cost to save when the money could save lots of other species / habitats.
And I agree, don't get me staqrted on kar-what-sians.
Well written and very funny!
I don't like monkeys. :) We've all got some animal we dislike. As long as we treat them all with dignity, no problem.
How about instead of worrying about the tiny little amount of money spent on conservation of Pandas, we cut back on the billions of dollars spent every year on research to cure diseases in a species doing far too well with almost 7 billion in number?
KLS – you have many serious issues than just pandas – I can tell
Will we be seeing Pandas get butt implants to keep their fame like Kim?
Only time will tell.
It's nice to know there are other anti-panda people out there. If it's too lazy to survive, then let it go.
Yes, panda and manatee haters! We are green with envy, why can't we have a life where we can just laze around and eat all day?
Speaking of lazy bum animals, take the sloth! Now that is a lazy animal, they barely move their whole lives!
And the dolphins, also bums, although they can beat up sharks so I guess they're ok.
LOL I can't even believe this is an adult conversation. This is a topic of conversation an 8 year old would have. :))
daisy, what kind of person sits in judgment of animals? A complete douchaholic, that's who.
It is a wonder the darn things haven't died off yet...
I'm glad that this CNN Anchor has decided to stop hating pandas. Why should they be hated by anyone? No animal should. They are all just doing their own thing!
I believe Pandanda suhold give us bloggers and any other designers more pandas to use in designs now that catalogs are gone. They suhold make brand new pandas in Wallpapers that we could use for designs. Or maybe they email us some new pandas.
Are they trying to arouse the pandas with GOOD porn, or that stupid stuff with elevator music in the background and sitcom-style lighting? NOBODY likes that stuff.
Haha!! Ok now this made me laugh. You've got an excellent writing style. I'm... indifferent when it comes to pandas.. now llamas and alpacas? That's a different story. I LOVE them! I'd love to see an Asian alligator in person though.. I saw a huge one in Dallas, TX in a habitat and nearly squealed.
While I think that the HSUS has a place in the fight for animal arwflee rights, I don't believe that they qualify for charitable status. It is important to make sure that food animals like cows, pigs and chickens are treated fairly and humanely, but everyone has their own version of fair .A while back, Mary from Dancing Dog Blog schooled me in the ways of websites like Humane Watch, The Center For Consumer Freedom and Activist Cash. Just like the HSUS, they are lobbying interests with their own agendas, so I tend to take them with a grain of salt.The HSUS tends to target industries like hunting and slaughter because most people are so far removed from dispatching their own food and tend to be esaily upset about killing an animal. I hunt and I fish. I dress and eat everything that I kill, how many people can say that? I suppose that I have a different view of hunting and fishing since it has been a part of my life since I have been a baby.I'll bet what you didn't know is that hunting conservation groups like Ducks Unlimited do far more for habitat and wildlife conservation that the HSUS AND Sierra Club combined. I'm doing a bit of research right now to write a blog post. I'm sure that the results will surprise a lot of readers.The HSUS is targeting dove and pidgeon hunts and labelling them as inhumane. What they fail to mention is that the majority of the hunters actually eat what they kill. Most of the dove and pidgeon hunts are done over farmers fields to cut down on the destruction that these birds can do to crops.
First, the comments on this post are even more fantastic than the article itself so you should all give yourselves a pat on the back you have successfully distracted me from my homework. B.) Humans should not bad mouth other animals for trying to digest foods we should not be able to eat (like vast quantities of meat or cheetos). Thanks!
That was a great story, well written and worth reading.
The great panda - with its very limited diet and infrequent mating habits - is a pretty poor candidate for long-term survival. It's become (literally) the poster-child for endangered species simply because it's so distinctive-looking. There are "nobler" species who's extinction is almost guaranteed (the Bengal Tiger leaps to mind ) that I will mourn much more than the panda.
Still, the panda's rapid disappearance is largely the result of policies initiated by Mao Zedong, one of history's most ruthless (and successful) dictators - so saving the panda may have some deeper symbolism.
Reminds me of an old comedians joke – all the activists are crying about the dolphins caught up in the tuna nets. What about the tuna? They only worry about the cute animals.
The panda's rapid disappearance is largely the result of policies initiated by one of history's most ruthless (and successful) dictators - so saving the panda may have some deeper symbolism.
Hey! I rarely mate as well. Should I be allowed to go extinct? I am gonna talk to my wife about this.
You stole this from Jim Jefferies act...
i love pandas but i admit they will die out no matter what we do
its sad but they seem to be evolutions few mistakes
i will be very sad to see them go but i understand sometimes things just don't belong
A friend fowarded this blog to me – I might've done an Ignite spark about the exact same thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKyhVjxzN3I
finally someone who shares my hatred toward panda, my facebook group will be exploding with new followers
To compare pandas to Kim Kardishian is an insult to all pandas. They are not as ugly as she is. Just because she has curves in the right places do not make her face more endurable. And don't get me started on her annoying voice.
You are my enemy Hater-Of-Pandas! I hope your child becomes a Panda! Rise up Panda! RISE RISE RISE!!! And poo on this Panda hater, because a Panda Hater's gonna Panda Hate.
I also had a similar experience. I had not seen a panda before except in film and photos, but when I first saw the ones in the National Zoo I became completely enamored. Their true charm is in person, not on film.
You want to solve your panda-problem?
Teach panda's to draw cartoon's of Allah.
Then stand back.
Presumably everyone's tongues are in cheek, but this idea that some manifestations of natural selection are more worthy of esteem than others is, all joking aside, ridiculous of course.
Each creature that exists has taken, and is gradually changing–or not, as the cheetah for example–its place in its ecosystem with its particular solution to the problems of finding and utilizing food, water, space, etc. Lions are not hunters in order to be elegant and majestic, and manatees are not inactive in order to be deemed 'turds' by some idiot...survive and advance is the game, it's not a popularity contest. Each creature that exists is a suitable solution, at least for a particular time, in that particular place, to the problem of staying alive.
As commenter PandaProcess pointed out in a good comment at 5:24 ET, the panda was getting along just fine until its ecosystem was taken out from under it.
Then it does become a popularity contest–which animals do we keep alive in zoos? But if their ecosystem is disappearing more rapidly than is 'natural', and if they can't adapt, being long-lived and slowly evolving animals, it's not because they're stupid or unworthy.
Because... some of you? It almost sounds like you're not joking.
Now me? I hate grackels, myself. I'd like to see the grackels killed.
I don't know if this article was supposed to be funny or serious. Perhaps the problem was that it isn't enough of either. It says, well, NOTHING. It's not particularly amusing that the parasitical human race is close to destroying pretty much ALL the large mammals on the planet, not just pandas – but we'll soon say goodbye to elephants, tigers, rhinos, leopards, grizzlies, and gee, like, every single primate on earth but humans (unfortunately). It's too bad for the panda that it doesn't understand that it is going to have to get on a human mating schedule if it wants to survive – or that it exists to entertain the stupid 2 year old human morons who are rapidly destroying its species.
You hate pandas? Whatever. Humans are the one species on earth that has EARNED my hatred.
I can see why she hated them, anything that is over-hyped by the media has a tendency to do that, and pandas are over-hyped times ten!
I feel that way myself sometimes from having it pushed at me by the media too much every time a panda burps or blinks.
I think her daughter was actually attracted to the black and whiteness at 6 months old. A baby's eyesight is not fully developed at that age and there have been studies done that shows they tend to respond more to the very high contrast black and white mobile toys over the colored ones.
Of course once she took it down and gave it to her baby the soft fuzziness of the toy was also very attractive for cuddling.
this maybe the dumbest thing ive ever seen posted on this website. LAMER to the max !!
Asian women hate anything that takes attention away from them. Not surprised. She writes out of Hong Kong and THIS is all she has to write about? Wow, her journalism teachers must be so impressed.
99% of you do not know anything about pandas, so you sound very stupid. Just my opinion.
I love animals, but the giant panda is one of my favorites. You can be having a bad day, and turn on the panda cams (worldwide) and they will bring a smile to your face every time.
Thank you for coming out and saying what many of us are thinking, but the media is afraid to say. Yes Pandas are cute, but for goodness sakes how hard is it to survive on bamboo? The stuff grows like a weed.
How have pandas helped humanity? by eating bamboo that gets in our way? we should just kill them off or clone a couple so they're not as endangered. If you dropped a panda off in any other place on earth without bamboo the pandas going to die but if you drop off a hman anywhere on earth with food and a normal temperature(50-80) we would survive but pandas have evolved backwards. Instead of getting better, pandas have lost the ability to eat a variety of things but now they just EAT BAMBOO. WE COULD HAVE USED THE BAMBOO TO BUILD BAMBOOEY STUFF BUT INSTEAD PANDAS ARE EATING IT AND DOING NOTHING!!! I rest my case
hahahaha! I'm at school right now xP lol I hope I don't get caught commenting on this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ........................................nope never did :) sneaky huh?!?
I love how theres a hyperlink to panda porn.
Funny how China will protect Pandas but then allow many other species to become extinct so some guy's wang will work (but really doesn't do anything).
I want a panda bear for myself. Plenty of bamboo growing around, lotsa land and stuff, sure it's still a bear. But it IS a lazy panda bear...I could do it. Just wish the hubby shared my views. :(
This is an interesting article to say the least! I'm a crocodile researcher and to know that a toddler somewhere asked to see a gator at a zoo AFTER having witnessed a Giant Panda in action, is almost making me feel like I should get up and run for President! I'm a croc researcher who is set to officially be a journalist in 2 yrs, and as a reader here, I've got to say, this article just went out and did it for me :) The little one who asked to see the gator and her mom, ought to be awarded a medal of honour for inculcating individuality and spirit, and basically, HAVING spirit! Cheers!
And someone actually published this worthless piece of rubbish? How about writing about something that really matters !!
More CNN trash.
From CNN trash.
By CNN trash.
In other words... I'm not sure of anyone that would give a rats arse that you hate pandas.
This is good stuff... Stupid annoying cute fuzzy asexual pandas!
Hmm... What are my top 5 disliked animals?
5. Goats (try having some for pets)
4. Little birds
Ducks, Cats, dogs, parrots, porcupine, monkeys! and much much more
Do panda's taste like chicken??
Survival of the most adaptable.
If it isn't humans making something go extinct it's some other reason.
Nothing lasts forever and there is no reason for anything to last forever. Some day we will be extinct also. May be our fault, may be the Pandas fault.... who knows???
What is the purpose of this stupid article? Why waste your time "hating" an endangered animal when you could spend your time contributing positively to the ecology of our world? This is just a waste of space.
You've probably never had one that was prepared properly.
Panda is tasty.
YES!!! FINALLY!! I am so glad there is someone who thinks pandas are the most overrated animal in the world! When Breaking News tweeted the oldest panda had died, I was like, "Who cares? Am I the only one who DOESN'T care about panda life and death? Are they the world's favorite animal? What about giraffes? Can I get some breaking news on giraffes??!" 50-75% of giraffe calves DO NOT make it past infancy! Up with giraffes!
*exasperated sigh* I had pent up issues about pandas. I think they're ugly and dumb. Polar bears are the best bears and their habitats aren't in the best shape. More Polar, less panda!
On one hand I do feel sympathetic to their plight, on the other hand I hated the diplomatic tools that they are being used as by the Chinese. Thousands of species are either near extinct or became extinct daily, why should panda be treated any more (or less) special than others?
Just a decade or two ago, meerkats were relegated to an unimpressive enclosure at the back of the zoo, about as glamorous an attraction as prairie dogs (and zoos were probably more likely to have prairie dogs!). Then, the Lion King happened, and after that Meerkat Manor. Now the meerkat is the sweetheart of the plains-dwelling mammal world, and meerkats everywhere are enjoying new, spacious enclosures with the kind of elaborate interactive exhibits once reserved to Big Cats and the occasional seal or polar bear.
Maybe the Yangtze River crocodile will have its own Renaissance someday. If it can happen to the meerkat and warthog, why not the crocs?
I fear the pandas are not dieing off fast enough, and I may end up dieing indignantly beside them as global climate change simultaniously melts the polar caps and turns the world into a desert. In hopes of completely destroying their habitate, thereby accelerating their extinction, I've installed bamboo flooring throughout my house. To all panda haters – I've done my part.
These fatsos would have died a long time ago if it wasn't for human intervention. Just let them die already. I wonder what panda taste like
Seriously? How we really say that we hate an animal and we should let it die off (especially since humans have played a role in many of the extinctions)? I think i understand that this article may have wanted to provide some humor but i think this has gone a poor route. What gives us a right to call certain types of animals dumb or not try and care for them. I am really surprised in this article and the responses it has provoked towards animals.
Never... never thought I'd say this but the guy makes an excellent point. Pandas could be the ultimate martyr to preserve more deserving species. They're also being propped up against natural selection, draining resources just because they're 'cute'. This essay has definitely changed my mind.... damnit.
Look at that smug panda in the photo with its arms crossed like its tough ****.
Dont hate on the Panda. This has to be the smartest animal of the planet. Pandas figured out that humans will do anything for a curvy cute thang. We have humans feeding them, bathing them, giving them happy endings while watching panda porn and they don't do crap all day. Go on and collect your welfare pandas.
I'm just annoyed by the constant stream of money the government is putting into preserving a species that lacks even enough will to survive to procreate. I say if they want to die, let them and spend money on more important matters.
It's absurd that you call certain species of animals more deserving of protection than others. It's one thing to not like them for whatever flawed reason you give, but another thing for you and other people to act as though they have 'value', based on what they can offer the human species, that decides their worth of existence. I have read a lot of articles that have been disturbing to me, but this is the first that has made me post a comment. By the way, the pandas never asked for the attention, thought you might want to be told since it seems to have skipped your mind.
There are a lot of humans who eat food that is bad for them, rarely mate and just lay around all day. Do you want to decide which humans live and die also?
I agree with her.. a yet overrated retarded species... let them die as nature intended they do... They're not cute, they're retarded looking.
If you hate pandas, you should check out the Australian comic Jim Jeffries routine. He does this very funny bit complaining about pandas for many of the same reasons (the amount of bamboo they eat, the difficulty of reproduction) and calls them a bunch of "F'"ing "C U N.ext T.uesdays). While, as a woman, that is a word I usually hate, it was absolutely hysterical to hear someone use it to describe the warm cuddly and much beloved (by most) panda bear!!
To all those out there who believe in evolution.... Pandas should have been extinct decades ago. PETA-thinking scientists think they can play God with a species by making it mate, keeping it alive, getting it pregnant via IVF, teaching them how and what to eat, etc. ( I wonder if the scientists wipe their butts too.....) It won't work and should NOT work. It is just a waste of time and money. If Darwin is right, these things should have dies out ages ago. They are too stupid to survive. Goodbye lazy, fatass pandas. If God is in control, then science won't work either.
What lousy human has the rifgt to say what animals are useless, DJ???? THEY WERE HERE FIRST. It`s self absorbed idiots like you who would destroy this earth and everything in it besides your own useless self. Can you spell IDIOT????? Here`s your sign!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pandas are useless? Um, excuse me but what about all the awareness programs I have done regarding sexual harassment? If it wasn't for me, sexual harassment in the workplace would be rampant!
Sexual Harassment Panda
Are you upset because those in the animal kingdom have better curves and dispositions than you.
Scientists are "Finding"/"Discovering" new species all the time. Another article on this was on CNN.com a week ago. Did they just "evolve" this week? Were they always there? Were they just put here on Earth by God? Did they "spontaneoulsy birth" themselves ? You decide.
For all the animals that have become extinct over recorded history, the Earth is still spinning and the sun keeps getting in my eye every morning at 6:00am. Get over the freaking pandas and move on. Did the world end when the dodo bird died out?
Is this article a joke? Why does stuff like this end up on the front page of CNN?
You're a twisted sicko if you can't love pandas.
To those who said Pandas are useless: FYI, you are also useless to the pandas.
I have to agree with the author about pandas.
Stephen Colbert has also been onto their lazy, good for nothing, can't figure out how to mate, MAULING ways for years.
Jeff Jeffries expresses disdain for pandas much more enjoyably.
BRod, humans HAVE driven the Panda to near extinction through habitat destruction.
As for requiring extensive human intervention, they don't seem to require that in the wild, only when captive. But then, would YOU get that urge in a glass cage, being gawked at by strange creatures?
Manatee – It's what's for dinner!
While I got nothing against Pandas I personally like Dogs better. Especially Great Danes. My favorite Great Dane lived to be 15 years (not dog years) old and over 7 feet tall on her hind legs. Now that was a cool animal.
this article just shows how stupid people can be. the author is useless and I can't beleived CNN published this crap on it website...thx god, a kid managed to make the author understood that a panda is a lovely animal regardless how lazy they can be or what they eat. it means that once she get retired we should stop taking care of her and let her die.
Pandas are overrated. The Stupid Panda tumblr blog serves to prove that.
The reason I hate Panda's is that while the Chinese and others go to great lengths to see to thier survival they think nothing of killing off other species for a variety of reasons; Aprodesiacs, pelts, purses etc.
Wow. Complaing about animals?. What the heck is this authors problem?!?! Does she have anything better to do in her life? Pandas are just sendetary creatures minding their own business to hate something like them, i don't even want to know her views on politics!
"It gets by on its good looks alone", wow, that's some hater.
I seem to recall this conversation from Liar Liar.
son: but dad, my teacher said that the real beauty is on the inside
dad: that's just what ugly people say
How ugly are you to hate such cute creature?? =P
Kristie, I thought all of you Chinese liked pandas. Hmmm?
I don't understand. What makes an animal worth more than another? Its benefits to the planet? I don't think WE should be asking that question.
Hey Big John, why don't you break a leg and get over it, you idiot. She used to hate pandas. Apparently, you 'hate' her choice of words, hater.
FREE THE PANDAS!!!
I love the people here trying to turn the discussion into to some problem with human morality and making sweeping judgments about other people's judgements.
I don't like pandas. Yup, they're cute. And yep humans stole their habitat. But, that's part of evolution. I'm not advocating it's right and by no means am I suggesting human kind is evolutionarily superior (there's a lot of people on life support (metaphorically) and wouldn't have made it with out some sort of un-natural assistance). But, pandas were pretty much on their last evolutionary leg.
If if human kind didn't destroy its habitat – they don't reproduce at a rate that is sustainable to persevere. Who is to say syphilis wouldn't kill them off or tigers or some sort insect infestation? They are mammals. There's not a whole lot of long living mammal species over the earth's history. Nature will eventually win... and that includes us.
So if you self-righteous folks out there want to scream about how cruel we anti-pandites are; keep locking the pandas up in cages, playing your panda porn and parading thousands of people to silently stare (god forbid someone makes eye contact) at them – there's nothing inhumane about that.
Bottom line is, pandas can either evolve or continue to depend on the human species to survive. Either way... they're probably screwed as inevitably we will be someday too.
What kind of sick individual hates on the panda and compares it with kim kardashian? If it were me, I'd go look for professional help.
There's the "more deserving" part of it. Many people before me have called you out on it. You see, it's just not normal. Go and ask for help.
We human beings – spoiled egoistic beats destroed planet and doomed all true hosts of planet – plants, animals to the extinction.
Japanese loves pandas. panda came to the Ueno Zoo, Tokyo .
I waited for two hours and was able to watch a panda.
i think that these people ralley need to smarten up. This type of thing is dangerous to both the animals, them, and others! If the animals got loose and/or were very desperate for food, not to mention if they were carnivores or were violent, then . The point is, this is not cool and is not a game. It breaks my heart to hear about this and i'm sure it breaks others hearts too, but we need to step up and help these poor, abused, and hurt animals! How would you feel if u got taken out of your home smuggled, suffocated, crammed into a suitcase, starved, confused, scared, and deprived of water (people and most animals can only survive without water for 7 days i think)??? i mean honestly think about it.VN:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait...
""Don't get me started on Kim Kardashian" LOL that was a very funny ending Kristy! I Love it! You can't compare Kim to the great Panda-the most pure, beautiful animal in the world. Great pandas are extraordinary creatures with benevolence and charm in their personalities!
@xondra You need to get help. Try to use comprehension in your reading otherwise don't leave such foolish comments.
Kristy has a great take on this issue. I think you people are just too dumb to understand and comprehend anything. If you listen to her words, they are not too different from others who have opinions about a variety of subjects. And to be able to relate them in a way that shows her objective side means she is more observant than you think. This is great work by Kristie. It brings me to an understanding about the panda at its truthful, beautiful nature of the beast.
So Vinny, what you are waiting for?
Have you ever got bitch slapped by a panda bear...if not maybe you should lol
are you just hating on kim cuz she got more curves then you? hmmmmm
That makes me a saaaaad panda...
This is the stupidest aritcle I have ever read on CNN
I went to Panda Express thinking they served Panda Burgers and I could help eat them to extinction. Unfortunately they gave me orange chicken instead.
If we're gonna start letting useless beings die, let's just start with: drug adicts, alcoholics, inmates, pedophiles, disabled, challenged, ugly, democrats, republicans, rappers, machos, gays, sick, stupid, ignorants, and so on until humanity is all gone!!!! Animals rule!!!
It's not just that they're cute, it's that their dwindling numbers - by one account as few as 1600 - represent their vanishing habitat at the hands of humans. There are, in fact, other animals that live in the giant panda's habitat. Amongst them are the red panda, which is actually not a bear at all, but have its own family called Ailuridae, and number fewer than 10,000. So, let's not hate the panda for being 'useless.' We humans are far worse than useless - we're dangerous.
I love pandas.
I wrote this article back in September, and published it on CollegeHumor in February.
read it here:
see it performed live in September here:
it's great to see that CNN agrees!
Never knew you were once a Panda hater.... Wonders never cease!
Kung fu Panda – He's real I tell you.
I don't believe.
All animals are actually important just in a way we don't know. Panda Genetics are actually different from all types of bear, the only reason they are being wiped out is because of human fucking interaction. (Oh humans? They don't do anything bad. Some people need to know George Carlin.) I just don't see why we try to breed a Panda with another type of bear, see if the results make the pandas able to mate in a longer mating season. (The mating season is short, the fuck can you do about it.) Then again, we shouldn't have to worry about this if the animal were not on the extinction list because of us. (They wouldn't be important IF THEY WEREN'T ON THE EXTINCTION LIST.) And hell man, why go to a zoo when you can go on a poaching safari and shoot some animals yourself. More realistic, and you can get the chance of some human hatred from the animal if the tranquilizer doesn't work fast. :))))
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