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In honor of our favorite chubby cubbie…..

Bai Yun’s newest offspring, affectionately known as #6, is started to crawl about in anticipation of becoming the latest media celebrity west of the Rockies.

#6 is getting ready to make his move!

Huzzah!….ooops.

It’s Monday!  Time to Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

 

Wowee! It was a really big day here yesterday!

Well, enough with the sad panda faces.  One of the things that I love about pandas (besides being one myself) is that pandas never give up, no matter how hard things get.  A late (as in gone from this earth) gardener friend had a theory about plants.  She said that they entice you with their beauty or their fragrance, so that you would get down in the dirt and do stuff for them like water or weed around them. Maybe the plant was one that provided food, but mostly they had no purpose but to be beautiful, and they made that work for them so that you, the gardener, would support their existence.

Pandas are a little like that. They are the very definition of high maintenance girl friends. (Take Babette de Panda for instance…) It is really, really expensive to have a panda around, but it’s worth it!  Well, I would say that, wouldn’t I?  The recent tragic loss at the National Zoo in Washington DC underscores just how delicate they are as newborns.  But those which survive bring enjoyment and grace in ways which can’t be measured.

OK.  Now let’s get funny!

Bob T. Panda is running for president!  Huzzah!  Let’s see what the Cake Party has to offer to the American voter!

Vote for Bob!

 

And did I mention that we have now had over 40,000 visits to the pandas here at The Panda Chronicles?  Stay tuned during this election season for more from the party of pandas!  There will be cake!  Huzzah!

Be the Bear,

Bob T. Panda

Wowee! It was a really big day here yesterday!

Well, enough with the sad panda faces.  One of the things that I love about pandas (besides being one myself) is that pandas never give up, no matter how hard things get.  A late (as in gone from this earth) gardener friend had a theory about plants.  She said that they entice you with their beauty or their fragrance, so that you would get down in the dirt and do stuff for them like water or weed around them. Maybe the plant was one that provided food, but mostly they had no purpose but to be beautiful, and they made that work for them so that you, the gardener, would support their existence.

Pandas are a little like that. They are the very definition of high maintenance girl friends. (Take Babette de Panda for instance…) It is really, really expensive to have a panda around, but it’s worth it!  Well, I would say that, wouldn’t I?  The recent tragic loss at the National Zoo in Washington DC underscores just how delicate they are as newborns.  But those which survive bring enjoyment and grace in ways which can’t be measured.

OK.  Now let’s get funny!

Bob T. Panda is running for president!  Huzzah!  Let’s see what the Cake Party has to offer to the American voter!

Vote for Bob!

 

And did I mention that we have now had over 40,000 visits to the pandas here at The Panda Chronicles?  Stay tuned during this election season for more from the party of pandas!  There will be cake!  Huzzah!

Be the Bear,

Bob T. Panda

Good-bye, little panda…..

OK, I’ll stop now…..

We will go back to our regular program of panda satire very soon.  Just had to get this one out first.

Be the Bear

Bob T. Panda

 

Alas, Poor Chi Chi, I Knew Her…

Yes, panda fans, it’s time for the Scottish Play…er…cartoon I mean.  Here at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire we never miss the opportunity to make fun of current events in the panda world.   Well, actually, we’ll make fun of anything, whether it’s about pandas or not.  The return of pandas to Great Britain for the first time in almost 40 years is an event to be celebrated!  ( My panda historian friends will correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that Chi Chi, who lived at the London Zoo from 1958 until her death in 1972, was the last panda who lived in Great Britain.

The Scottish Cartoon

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

 

Atlanta Surprise Part 2

You can believe us when we say that some things are just too absurd to make up, and this is one of them!  It’s almost as good as a Tea Party press conference!  We now join Bob T Panda and Mehitabel in their ZooNooZ interview with Mei Lan, at the Panda Channel Studios (in an undisclosed location!)  This will definitely go down in Panda History.

We’d like to report, in other exciting panda news (is there any other kind?) that the Australian pandas are “dating”  Stay tuned for further updates.

Be the Bear! (of one gender or another!)

Bob T. Panda

The 2008 Earthquake in China

I know, I know. This was extremely tragic, horrific, and a whole lot of other bad things.  However, we at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire firmly believe in the healing power of laughter and hope you do too.  Because when it was all over and we had all seen the pictures of pandas being rescued and the devastation that the earthquake caused, the American pandas need to relieve the tension with a few cartoons.

Mehitabel would like to point out that she is NOT as insensitive as she is sometimes made out to be here.

The reference to a panda having a gun is from a earlier cartoon based on, you guessed it, the right to arm bears.

Here at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire  we pride ourselves on the fact that there is no joke too lame for us to find a way to relate it to pandas.

Be the Bear!

Secrets of the Wild Panda!

During my initial period of obsession (I like to call it research) I looked at as much information on pandas as I could find. My local library had a copy of an old National Geographic video called Secrets of the Wild Panda.  I thought, “oh boy! gossip and innuendo!”  But it turned out to be fairly factual (read: boring,- as if anything about pandas could be boring!)  So I thought I should make my own version of Secrets of Pandas:

 

I also began to think about various news items I would hear about on the radio and think, “How would this relate to pandas?”

Personally, I don’t think I was so far off.

Tomorrow (and I swear I’m working on new cartoons…) The 2008 earthquake in China.

Be the Bear!

Bob”s Greatest Hits! The 2008 China Olympics

Ok It’s also because we are working our paws to the bone on some new material, as well as working on our stumpy speech, to prepare for this year’s elections.  Is there a panda running for office in your community? Join the Cake Party today!  What good is tea without CAKE??????

Be the Bear!

Great Moments in Panda History!

We at Way Better Than Working Inc. have been avidly reading The Way of the Panda, and so have been inspired to make our own, unique (some would say irreverent and sophomoric) comment on PANDAS IN HISTORY.   I know, I know, the use of all cap. bold font is incredibly melodramatic and pretentious, but hey, that’s the way we do things around WBTW.  Ruth Harkness and Su-lin were real people (and pandas) from panda history.  I first read of her in Vicki Croke’s MOST excellent book, The Lady and the Panda. We plan to do lots of reading about pandas, thanks to Henry Nicholls thorough reading list in T W of the P. Oh dear, we are sort of getting serious and academic here and that is certainly NOT how we usually do things around here.  Have no fear! we will take Vicki and Henry’s fascinating research and turn it to our own nefarious and satirical purposes.

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda