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Terrible News: Baby Pandas Will Not Be Predicting The World Cup

You’re breaking my heart! Just weeks after a panda conservation center announced that pandas would predict the results of the 2014 World Cup a la Paul the octopus, today we learn the plan is no more. Three baby pandas reportedly would have predicted the winner based on which country’s flag was tied to food they gravitated towards. But now, the Chengdu Panda Preservation Center in Sichuan province says the publicity stunt has been “halted by the authorities.” Shit. This is the only thing that actually made me care about the World Cup. [South China Morning Post, BBC]

Baby Panda To Predict The World Cup Results

This existed on the Internet for 24 hours before I became aware of it, which means ALL OF YOU are in trouble: a baby panda will be predicting the winner of the 2014 World Cup. With the Cup taking place in Brazil in just one week, a panda conservation center in Chengdu, China, has “invited” a panda cub to use her psychic powers to guess who will emerge victorious. According to the Wall Street Journal, the cub will make a choice by going towards boxes of food marked with different national flags, or perhaps by climbing a tree marked with flags. The young cub will be the unwitting rival of the late Paul The “Psychic” Octopus, who predicted the outcome of many a soccer game before he suddenly died, leaving a publicity stunt-sized hole that needed to be filled. Obviously, by a baby panda. Good luck, little buddy! May your psychic powers not fail you during your moment in the limelight. [Wall Street Journal]

The Daily Squee: China Is Recruiting A Panda Nanny

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Wanted: Full-Time Panda Babysitter

This is my dream job — no exaggeration, my dream job: a panda caretaker at the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in China. For one year, the panda nanny will aid the center’s professionals to care for bears young and old while serving as a “pambassador” for panda conservation. The job comes with a $32,000 salary, free room and board, and an SUV. All that’s required is that you’re over 22 (check), in good physical health (check), have a deep and abiding love for pandas (obviously), and a willingness to uproot one’s life and move to humid, subtropical Sichuan province (errr). I am going to quite seriously think about applying for this, because I would be such a good panda nanny. [Bring home a panda and I will hold your job for you. -- Amelia] [NBC News]

The Daily Squee: Watch The First 100 Days Of Zoo Atlanta’s Baby Pandas

Ducks In CVS
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Watch this random flock of ducks take over a CVS pharmacy. Read More »
Pet Platypus Please!
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Needed: one pet platypus for underwater belly rubs. Read More »
Cat Vs. Hedgehog
Watch this cat try to sit on that hedgehog. Read More »
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Growing Before Your Eyes

It’s a well-down fact that baby pandas are ugly as sin. Sorry, but it’s true. It takes a few months before panda cubs grow into the fuzzy black-and-white puffballs we (okay, I) know and love.  Zoo Atlanta are the proud keepers of a set of panda cubs, Mei Lun and Mei Huan. In this video, a zoologist explains the first 100 days of the baby pandas’ lives.  A lot like human babies, there’s a lot of sleeping, yawning, and trying to bite your brother. But, oh, the squeaking! The squeaking! [Thanks to reader Lauren for the link!] [YouTube]

No One Is My Friend If They Didn’t Send Me This Video Of A Panda Cub Getting Shots

Thumb Sucking Panda
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Watch this baby panda at the Taipei Zoo suck its thumb. Read More »
Mama & Baby
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Watch a mama panda roughhouse with her baby panda. Read More »
Panda Belly Rub
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Watch this baby panda get a bully rub at the San Diego Zoo. Read More »
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Almost Eight Weeks Old!

You mean this baby panda video existed on the Internet for a full 24 hours before I saw it on HyperVocal? You mean no one else noticed that the almost-eight-week-old panda at the National Zoo was squealing adorably as it got some shots?  You mean no one thought to call, email, tweet, Facebook message, Instagram, Vine or skywrite write to me immediately?  Who are you people?! [HyperVocal]

Here’s A First Peek At The D.C. Zoo’s New Baby Panda!

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Baby Panda! Baby Panda! Baby Panda!

Not one of my friends alerted me to this (days-old) video of the National Zoo’s new baby panda with her mom, Mei Xiang. I had to find it myself on my daily “new baby panda video” rounds. Thanks for nothing, everyone. None of you are invited on my own personal panda pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. when he/she/it reaches peak puffball. None, I say.  [DCist]

Stop What You’re Doing And Watch This Baby Panda At The Taipei Zoo Suck Its Thumb

Baby Panda Checkup
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Watch Xiao Liwu the baby panda get her checkup. Read More »
Mama & Baby
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Watch a mama panda roughhouse with her baby panda. Read More »
Panda Belly Rub
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Watch this baby panda get a bully rub at the San Diego Zoo. Read More »
squee!
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Awwww!

I don’t know what kind of week you’ve had, but I do know that you’ll feel a million times better than you do at right this moment if you watch a baby panda at the Taipei Zoo suck its thumb. Mommy panda Yuan Yuan gave birth to the little tyke, who doesn’t have a name yet, back in July. The zoo’s YouTube page is keeping us up-to-date with squee-dorable panda moments. And it’s only getting fuzzier from here on out! [Laughing Squid]

Your Heart Will Melt: Mama Panda Plays With Baby

Baby Panda Checkup
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Watch Xiao Liwu the baby panda get her checkup. Read More »
Micro Panda
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I need an 0.8 inch micro crochet mohair panda. Read More »
Panda Belly Rub
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Watch this baby panda get a bully rub at the San Diego Zoo. Read More »
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Squee!

You don’t think there would be a baby panda video that I would keep to myself, do you? Wash your mouth out with bamboo! This here is a mama panda wrestling with her baby panda cub — quite adorably, if I do say so myself. At least I think they are playing. That little guy is really getting tossed around. [YouTube via Huffington Post]

Pandas Weigh In On The “Feminist Homemaker” Debate

Stay-At-Home & Feminist?
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Breaking news: you can be a feminist and a stay-at-home mom. Read More »
Micro Panda
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I need an 0.8 inch micro crochet mohair panda. Read More »
Baby Panda Checkup
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Watch Xiao Liwu the baby panda get her checkup. Read More »
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Moooo-om! Get Up And Play!

This week, the chattering classes have been embroiled in a debate about New York magazine’s cover story “The Retro Wife,” which explored feminists who choose to be stay-at-home-moms. I weighed in, as did Jezebel with their subtle headline “‘The Feminist Housewife’ Is Such Bullshit.’” It’s controversial!  But, really, who cares what a couple of bloggers think? We’re just people who don’t know any more than anybody else. That’s why I take all my complicated social issues to one place. That’s right, pandas. And I think we can all agree that this stay-at-home, er, lay-at-home mommy panda wishes she had never left the workforce. [YouTube]

I Need An 0.8 Inch Micro Crochet Mohair Panda

Baby Panda Checkup
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Watch Xiao Liwu the baby panda get her checkup. Read More »
Science Explains Cute
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We like cute animals because they remind us of human babies. Read More »
Panda Belly Rub
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Watch this baby panda get a bully rub at the San Diego Zoo. Read More »

My big sister Allison egregiously aids and abets my panda obsession. She is the one responsible for almost all my panda crap, most of which sits on the bookshelf above my desk at work: panda mug, panda PEZ dispenser, panda eraser, twin panda Christmas ornaments, a panda figurine, and a panda T-shirt. Now, I have a new panda knickknack I covet: a micro crochet mohair panda. You read that right! This made-to-order panda cutie measures in at 0.8 inches, making him smaller than the pad of your finger. What the shit do I need a micro crochet mohair panda for? Especially one retailing for a cool $78? Who the fuck cares! Allison, my birthday is coming up. [Etsy]

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