This is a panda bat, which is, as you’d imagine, a bat with panda bear coloring. Discovered in South Sudan, researchers believe these little guys are an entirely new genus of bat. Bucknell Associate Professor of Biology DeeAnn Reeder says the bat may be related to a similar bat that was discovered in 1939, but in the meantime, we’ll just coo about how cute these little guys are. [Daily Mail]
Over the summer, a baby panda named Xiao Liwu was born at the San Diego Zoo, inspiring delight in Jessica Wakeman’s cubicle, and a few months later we watched him get his first adorable baby panda belly rub. Now, here’s Xiao Liwu getting his 22-week checkup over New Year’s. And also learning the hard way that tires have holes in the inside that you can fall through!
He’ll soon be on display to the public, which means it’s time for a Frisky reader in San Diego to put me up on the couch/bail me out of jail when I get arrested for trespassing. Any takers? Smokers and Tea Party Republicans need not apply. [Neatorama]
As we enter 2011, I wonder: What will be the anthemic animal of the year? The meerkat? The mini-pony? No, no, no: It’s the panda cow–a frigging cow that’s bred to look like a frigging panda bear. Cute and special, just like we hope 2011 will be. [Wtop] Keep reading »