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Panda Triplets Turn One Month Old

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So Tiny!

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]

Panda Accused Of Faking Pregnancy For Air Conditioning, Extra Bamboo

“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]

The Daily Squee: Pandas Could Be Headed To Central Park!

Move over, abortion rights and raising the minimum wage, because there’s a new political cause that is dear to my heart: bringing pandas to New York City! Next month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney is headed to the Chengdu preserve in China, ground zero for baby pandas, and has been encouraged to fill out an application to bring pandas to the city’s most famous zoo. “They didn’t say no,” Rep. Maloney told The New York Daily News, adding that “the greatest city in the world deserves two pandas.” The NYC blog Gothamist noted that back in the 1980s the large, spacious Bronx Zoo (located about a 45-minute subway ride from Manhattan) had visiting pandas, but Rep. Maloney’s specifically interested in bringing the bears to Central Park. It’s more important to me that whichever zoo might house these hypothetical pandas has the appropriate habitat. I’d love to visit pandas a short subway ride away from my digs, but if the leafy Bronx would be a happier home, so be it. Anyway, count me in, Rep. Maloney. Do you need me to canvas door-to-door? Put up posters? [GothamistNY Daily News]

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]

The Daily Squee: Baby Panda Vs. Bamboo

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It's On!

Try as we might, some days we are all this baby panda. [YouTube]

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]

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