Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Back To Business As Usual

Bear business, that is.

The little guy (Yun Zi at San Diego) isn't so little anymore; he's now 97 pounds, and in the past week, has crossed a very important milestone.

He is now completely weaned, completely separated from his mother, and on his own. He seems to be handling it pretty well.

I do believe this is his favorite new sleeping perch:

And when he's not snoozing, he's checking out his territory:

Less than 6 weeks until the next Panda Convention, when we all get to ooh and aah at the little grown-up bear.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hot Diggety Dang.

The world can officially come to an end now.

Why? Because I knew an obscure factoid that Jeff . . . didn't.

You see, Jeff's brain is one of the world's greatest repositories of obscure (and useless) factoids, most of which nobody else seems to know.

Today, at coffee, I happened to mention that the reason why the unrelated species of giant panda and red panda both have 'panda' in their name is because 'panda' means 'bamboo eater.'

I did not know that, said Jeff.

Also in the course of conversation, he mentioned that giant pandas are anomalous in that they have the digestive tract of a carnivore, but they are vegetarians.

I knew that. But neither of us knew why such an adaptation has taken place in the species. Perhaps no one knows.

And all of this and 50 cents will get you tomorrow's newspaper.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why Didn't We Ever Think Of This?

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