NYC Zoos Refuse “Expensive” Pandas

Panda lovers, I have good news and bad news. The good is that unbeknownst to most of we oblivious members of the public, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has been busting her ass trying to bring two pandas to the Central Park Zoo and thus make New Yorkers’ wildest dreams come true. The bad news is that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as both the Central Park and Bronx zoos, wants nothing to do with the operation because they’ve deemed the pandas too expensive. According to the Frisky’s former resident panda lover Jessica, all that panda hate “IS SOME BULLSHIT RIGHT THERE.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

To move the process forward, China requested a letter of support from either the governor or the (currently uninterested) mayor. In a pass-aggro visit to John Catsimatidis’ radio show, Maloney lamented that de Blasio “doesn’t like horses [in Central Park] and I guess he doesn’t like pandas [either].” But who doesn’t like pandas? Why, de Blasio, why!? Luckily, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is on board with the panda mission and calling in reinforcements. He’s asked state Parks commissioner Rose Harvey to speak out in favor of the initiative and is likely gathering more support as we speak, because this is obviously the most pressing issue in New York right now, am I right?

According to Gothamist, leasing a panda from China costs around $1 million per year (yes, apparently they’re leased out), so de Blasio does have a point. Pandas need lots of expensive special care and if they have cubs in the US, the zoo will owe a six-figure “panda cub fee” to China for those little puffballs. It’s all worth it though, because as Maloney told Catsimatidis, “We have everything else. We’re the center of finance, culture, Broadway, fashion, communication, you name it… The one thing we don’t have are two great pandas. I think it would be great for tourism, great for the school children.” EXACTLY. Think of the school children! [Gothamist] [Image via Shutterstock]

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