Day 7: 31 Days of Pandas

And now, 31 Days of Pandas returns to our story which was interrupted by our…um…rant about whether we were allowed to have an opinion or not. Word to the wise, do not make a panda mad! Anyway, we left our story with Pinky at home, hiding under the covers as she tried to come to grips with the fact that she lost the election, and not only that, that the forces of evil and self interest had won by possibly sly and devious means. At the very least, the “winning” ticket has an interesting relationship with the truth, by which we mean that they lie like a rug.

But while the possibility that democracy would come screeching to a halt, lying twisted and smashed as if it were a speeding car that had hit a bridge abutment after skidding on a banana peel, a bigger catastrophe was taking place, just down the road at the National Zoo, and it had nothing to do with the 39,465,975 gallons of pink paint that Pinky had stored at the elephant house.

Bubba had a medical crisis!

Yes! the real life Bubba, aka Bei Bei, our junior panda in the seat of power, was not feeling well, from what turned out to be a lemon size wad of un-digested bamboo that was stuck in his intestine. He was hauled off to the hospital, where kind and dedicated, not to mention skilled veterinary surgeons removed the obstruction, sewed him back up, and sent him home to mom, who gave strict instructions to rest, play quietly inside, and for crying out loud, chew before you swallow! Dinner time is not a race! At least I think it was Bubba’s mom who said  this. I might be remembering someone else.

But first, this happened:

31 days of pandas

Meihems to the rescue

And for today’s #TravelsofMiniBob offering, we bring you Mini Bob posing with a portrait of someone who is a shining beacon for all who toil in the gardens of children’s literature. Of course I am referring to that pioneering writer and artist, Beatrix Potter. Her portrait resides at The National Portrait Gallery in London, which is one of my favorite museums, especially when you skip the floor with all the dour looking folks in black coats and big ruffly collars, and head straight to the 19th century.

Beatrix Potter

Look how excited Mini Bob is to pose with one of his heroes!

Until I saw the movie Miss Potter, I did not know that Beatrix Potter was the mother of the Land Trust movement in England; she bought and donated over 3,000 acres of open farmland in the Lakes District in England, thus ensuring it’s preservation for all to enjoy. She also licensed the use of her images on pottery, stuffed animals, and whatnot, thus ensuring that she could buy all this land and save it for the likes of us. It’s no wonder she is a hero to Mini Bob!

Panda on!

12 thoughts on “Day 7: 31 Days of Pandas

  1. Sweetg12651

    Bubba doesn’t seem convinced the Meihems can get his zizzy moving again, but the girls seem confident. This should be interesting.

    Speaking of interesting – Beatrix Potter’s contribution to preserving lands in the beautiful Lakes District. Enjoying your travelog!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      The Meihems can be very persuasive.
      Glad you are enjoying the travelogue. It was a lot of fun and I got lots of strange looks when I took pictures of Mini Bob. Bonus!

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      1. Sweetg12651

        The strange lookers were just jealous. Panda-love is universal. They were jealous they didn’t have a mini-Bob of their own.

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  2. Vicky V

    Love the Meihems going up the stairs. They seem pretty sure they can get Pinky moving. I wonder what they are going to do or say!
    I didn’t know that Beatrix Potter donated land. What an amazing women!!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      She was really quite amazing. She resisted the customs of the day to write and draw seriously AND get published and make money in her own right. I didn’y know about her work establishing the land trust till I saw the movie about her, Miss Potter. I highly recommend it (warning, have tissues handy. It’s a bit of a tear jerker.)

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  3. AuntieJackie

    Mini Bob got a great art education! (and so are we). Strange looks?? impossible, those folks were just jealous.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Mini Bob doesn’t want you to think that he wasted 7 years in Art School, or that he slept through ALL his art history classes…um…maybe that was me. Never mind. Glad you are enjoying the travelogue!

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  4. Jeanie

    Bubba is so adorable! I’d love a portrait of him by my stairs, too. Is it possible that Pinky has been using the PIA to stir up a phone call from Taiwan with the help of her friend Dumpling? Rumor has it that she has ties with the Scotland Panda Yard. I’m guessing she might have taken her underground tunnel to visit her friends in Mexico at the Chapultepec Zoo. Does InterPpol know if Moscow has pandas? Pinky taking it international may have been her plan all along. Panda On!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Oh, the possibilities for international intrigue! I’m sure that interPpol is keeping and eye on Pinky. And I had forgotten all about Dumpling! It does seem like an “appropriate” time to bring her back into the picture. It is ENTIRELY possible that unauthorized comminications have occured. We will be looking into that!

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