Loan a Panda: Definition of Insanity?

Pandaesia: (Noun) A rare but serious affliction which sporadically affects millions of people generally in countries which have temporarily imported Giant Pandas from China as part of a vastly expensive ‘loan agreement’ to be placed on public display and commercially exploited for uncertain objectives. Often linked to panda-monium (Noun), a form of mass hysteria surrounding the arrival of said Giant Pandas (see recent outbreak in Edinburgh, Scotland – Dec 2011).

Usually accompanied by sounds of ‘oooh’ and ‘aaahh’. Both afflictions can, on rare occasions, lead to a panda-emic (Noun) where up to a million people misguidedly move en masse to the captive facility displaying the Giant Pandas in the often forlorn hope of witnessing captive-bred panda cubs (see pandalusional), not realising that these extremely rare births do little to enhance the conservation of the species which has doubled in number in its native China in the last 20 years. All such Giant Panda-related activities are usually associated with high level diplomatic interventions, ministerial photo-opportunities and even the endorsement of members of the Royal Family.

Fortunately these conditions subside relatively quickly after people come to their senses, following corrective information provided by organisations such as The Born Free Foundation (Noun) a UK registered charity working to keep wildlife in the wild.

3 Responses to “Loan a Panda: Definition of Insanity?”

  1. Mags Wisniewski Says:

    I couldn’t agree more.What on earth are large zoos like Edinburgh doing shipping pandas over here when we already know the Chinese have very successful breeding programmes for these creatures.These zoos should stop racing for the trophy of ‘the first to be bred outside of’ start doing some useful conservation work and concentrate on promoting education on how to prevent the catastrophic destruction of natural habitats where these animals belong.I for one shall not be racing up to Edinburgh to view their prize possessions but will continue to send my donations to more legitimate charities like the Born Free Foundation and the like where I know my money is being more usefully spent.

  2. Paul smith Says:

    As ever, Born Free is on the pulse. If Edinburgh Zoo really had conservation at its heart then it would have spent the money on restoring their natural habitat, but then we all know zoos are about making money. I’m also totally dismayed with how the media has shown one side of the story, rather than focusing on the true issues. As a nation, we literally deserve our media and government, if do not see past the mistruths like when the Scottish Parliament denied that Alex Salmond’s visit to China was no coincidence. What tosh! As a species, mankind is in crisis thus putting the lives of other animals in peril.

  3. Lesley Knowles Says:

    It’s just another example of man’s arrogance and the power of the mighty pound. How ridiculous the whole thing is, putting these animals through a huge journey like that just for people to gawp at. In my mind it feels like a huge step backwards. When I saw the truck arriving in Edinburgh to crowds and bagpipes, my heart sank. Have we learnt nothing?