Tag Archives: Tian Tian

May the Fourth Be With You…

…for all who celebrate!

Surrender your pandas!

Sadly, we are destined to be a country without pandas in the next year or two. San Diego’s pandas were sent to China in 2019, and the pandemic, not to mention TFG’s crappy stances on China meant we weren’t going to get a new panda loan agreement any time soon. Noted panda writer Henry Nicholls wrote an opinion piece for CNN about our addiction to domesticated pandas. That might not be quite how he put it, but he does have a point.

Pandas in the wild are different animals, and now it appears there may be some genetic difference between pandas that live in the wild and pandas that grew up on the all you can eat cruise ship model. “Pandas are solitary? Who knew?!!!!” said a group of pandas sitting around the table chowing down on boo shoots while playing Mah Jong.

Any way, now Ya Ya is on her way back to Beijing, alas without Le Le who succumbed to a previously undiagnosed heart ailment.

Could story lines collide soon? I guess we’ll find out.

Stay tuned for further developments!

Be the Bear!
Bob T pass the endless boo buffet Panda

If you haven’t read Henry Nicholls’ The Way of the Panda, you should fix that immediately. It’s a great book about all things pandas, the politics of pandas, and there is a cameo appearance of a ‘toon that was perhaps done by your favorite practitioner of panda satire! My literary claim to fame!

Honey, Can we Remodel?

Several people wondered where Pookie was going to stay if he moved into the Panda House, so I thought a little floor plan was in order.

My understanding was that they did a major renovation when Frank and Mikey moved in, and built the second floor over part of the main panda hose. Prior to that, what is now Mei’s Office/study, part of it was Pinky’s room and part was Bubba and Ping’s room, and Tian’s Bear cave was the baby’s room. Pinky appreciates having a much bigger room, of course!

Adding the second floor “kid’s suite” allowed them to give the kids a separate space with a dedicated computer room and their own little bear’s room.

Keep in mind I am not an architect if things don’t line up exactly.

Seems like they have plenty of space as long as no one else show’s up to stay. (Pinky doesn’t share)

Be the bear!
Bob T thinks the GOP are a bunch of doody heads Panda

One More 50th Pandaversary Post!

The Month of Pandas is coming to an end…

Who am I trying to kid? It will ALWAYS be the month of Pandas!!!

And who better to celebrate this 50th pandaversary at the national Zoo than the ENTIRE panda family in residence!?

Well, who didn’t think that Pinky’s family would track her down?

#ClapLouder

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

And don’t forget, there are now products at Rebubble with The Moods of Pinky!

Day 19 ~ 31 Days of Pandas

Huzzah! The conclusion of Mei Xiang’s Nightmare Before Crispmoss!

Pinky does not travel light!
Hold it right there, panda boy!
I TOLD you there would be a happy ending! Would I lie to you?

Oh boy! ‘Toon in tomorrow for the start of the 12 days of Crispmoss!!! Is it really Almost Christmas?

Be there or be Square!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Day 18 ~ 31 Days of Pandas

Who could forget Mei Xiang’s Nightmare Before Crispmoss?

The kids are fraying Mei Xiang’s last nerve…
The nightmare begins…

Oh my! What is going to happen next?????

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Day 12 ~ 31 Days of Pandas

It’s time for that beloved Holiday Classic, 101 Bebe Pandas!!!!

Rumor has it we are in line for yet another wind storm with probable power outages. To prepare, I have eaten all the ice cream (waste not, want not), made some more ice blocks to keep things in the fridge cold, and now am trying to get a few posts scheduled so that YOU don’t miss a single Day of Pandas! (aren’t I fabulous?) I would go by the hardware store to stock up on more batteries and maybe get a few more battery powered lights, but I’m guessing the shelves have already been cleared. Oh well.

Anyway, here are the first 2 episodes of our story!

Wait…who did you say is the star?
How many times do we have to tell you, DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR!!!!!

AS IF!!!!!

‘Toon in tomorrow as our story continues!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

If You Think getting People…umPandas to pose for a Photograph is Hard…

Bebe Maurice will have his paws full trying to get everyone to sit still and pose for this Pawtrait. I hope he can paint fast! The birthday season is barely a week and a half away! And Bikkie is bereft of his Beary Poppins. Will the dashing duo make it in time for the party?

Stay ‘tooned!

Everyone smile! Now hold it….keep holding…keep holding…

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

It’s Inauguration Eve…

So…what’s happening? Anything special going on?

Yeah, me too. My nerves are about shot.

Here’s something to take your mind off of things: On Sunday, I alluded to a special offering that will be appearing on the Kickstarter project The Effervescent Adventures of Fight Bunny. It’s a project to bring an all ages graphic novel to life, and with only 9 days left on their campaign they are a little over $6,000 from their goal. Because 2021, I still feel the need to stab things repeatedly with very sharp needles, so I made a felty Fight Bunny, and offered it to them to help them towards reaching their funding goal.

Fight Bunny!

There will only be one Fight Bunny (because, ya know, not taking someone else’s intellectual property to make money!) Visit their project page and scroll down the page to see the reward listing (under my name, I think) to choose this unique felty. Fight Bunny is between 3-4″ tall. I think this is going to be a fun book and if the felty is out of your budget, the book is being offered both in print and as an ebook. Also FIGHT BUNNY PINS!!! Check it out!

And now, Today’s ‘toon!

Mei and Tian2 contemplate the joys of the not very empty nest. (Grizzly bears take up a lot of room!)

Panda on for at least another 24 hours!
Bob T Panda

BTW: There are some new designs on the Redbubble website! They are masks suitable for formal occasions!

We just don’t know, dude!

As I write this, on Wednesday night, Mei is still pacing and lounging in her den, occasionally munching on some bamboo, but not yet popping out a cubby (or two). Sigh…She will do what she is going to do in her own sweet time, so no point in obsessing and…checking the panda cam…just…one…more …time.

But meanwhile, it’s Thursday!Gateway to the weekend and you know what THAT means!!!

It’s Pinky and Bubba’s birthday weekend!!!!

You say it’s your birthday!!!

By the time this posts, Mei Xiang may have had her cubby. Or not.
Sigh…Stay tuned!

Panda on!
Bob T Kamala for Vice President Panda