These little pandas turned one-month old this week! The newborn bears live in a Chinese zoo, where they are believed to be the world’s only set of panda triplets. Sure, they aren’t much to look at yet and anyway, upon their birth, zookeepers told the New York Post not to get excited until they pass their six-month birthday. But I believe these guys will survive. (The species depends on it!) In just a few months they’ll be fuzzy little puffballs and YouTube will have a fresh new crop of baby panda vids. Happy one month birthdays, little guys! [YouTube; New York Post]
We hope your three-day weekend is as relaxing, chill and blissful as this little guy’s!
“Punk’d,” panda edition: Ai Hin, a female bear living at the Chengdu panda preserve in China, had animal researchers thinking she was pregnant. She couldn’t pee on a stick or anything, but Ai Hin had shown a surge of hormones and had been laying about even more than usual for a panda. A pregnancy is joyous news, of course, as there are less than 2,000 pandas in the world and the bears are notoriously difficult to breed. But now researchers say a wily Ai Hin may have been faking her pregnancy for special treatment. Pregnant pandas move on to air conditioned private rooms and are given extra bamboo and fruit — and Ai Hin milked it. “Some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life,” a researcher told Xinhua news agency. In response, a live broadcast of the panda childbirth has been canceled. Maybe Ai Hin just had cold feet, er, ovaries? In any case we have to be real here: pandas, 1; humans, 0. [Daily Mail UK; The Journal IE]
If I were in this cat’s shoes, I can’t promise I wouldn’t do the exact same thing.
The cinematic masterpiece that is sure to be “Fifty Shades Of Grey” is still a long way off (February 2015) but you can get your kinky sex fix now with … wait for it, kittens. Yes, the erotic love affair of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey is reenacted by teeny-weeny beh beh kittehs (and their cat toys). Whoever wrote the puns in one deserves the cat video equivalent of an Oscar.
In light of Robin Williams’ passing on Monday, The Gorilla Foundation reminded the world that the actor touched more than just human hearts with his talent and kindness. Back in 2001, Williams met famed gorilla Koko, who communicates using sign language, and the pair instantly connected. Above is video of their first meeting, which Williams called “unforgettable.” Gorilla Foundation president, and Koko’s foster mother, Dr. Penny Patterson said, “Koko, like us, can sense a person’s nature and in this case, she was quickly drawn to Robin’s warm heart.” Upon learning of Williams’ death from suicide, Patterson communicated the news to Koko, who, according to a press release sent to Buzzfeed, “became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering.” Meanwhile, I am reduced to a puddle of tears. [Buzzfeed]