that does not resemble a stick of butter

posted by tom / July 13, 2005 /

It's been pandamonium around here as the city celebrates the zoo's newest addition with the zeal of a pandacostal revival! Yes, the excitement is panda-emic here in the nation's capital! Sorry: pandapital.

But I have a terrible secret to share, people. The media wants you to think that the newborn's situation is too delicate to allow photographs. They throw out all this "the size of a stick of butter" nonsense because a stick of butter is small; delicate at room temperature; and something girls "just want to eat up". Clearly, the rhetoric is designed to evoke human babies.

But panda cubs are not the cute, scruffy pups you've been imagining. BEHOLD!


Horrifying, no? I'll meet you at the Woodley Park metro at 5:30. Bring pitchforks and torches.

(Photo stolen from the Post, which got it from Reuters, which got it from the China News Wire. And they steal enough of our intellectual property that I'm not feeling very guilty. Also: comment! parody! etc etc.)


Two baby space slug with arms?

Posted by: Kanishka on July 13, 2005 10:55 AM

my first thought was the worms from tremors or dune, but I think you nailed it.

Posted by: tom on July 13, 2005 12:19 PM

They kinda look like Lemmings from the old computer game.

Posted by: Michael on July 13, 2005 12:24 PM

With a little less hair I could give you an upgrade to "almost as ugly as a naked mole rat". Naked mole rats are the absolute nastiest looking animals out there.

Posted by: Julie on July 13, 2005 12:58 PM

I think they look pretty cute. Not as cute as a stick of butter, but cute!

Posted by: Jake on July 13, 2005 01:08 PM

oh ewww they look like fuzzy worms. i know that's not a creative comment, but i had to say it to get it off my chest. but why is it that i keep scrolling up to the photo just to shudder and say "ewww" again?

Posted by: seeking irony on July 13, 2005 01:57 PM

I can't believe it's not butter!

Posted by: j.scott on July 14, 2005 09:20 AM

mmmm, furry butter.

Posted by: Missy on July 16, 2005 09:11 AM

And they can grow up to become troublemakers . . .

Posted by: Furcafe on July 18, 2005 12:06 PM

Man, thos Olsen twins really are getting skinny. Someone should say something...

Posted by: Danno on August 2, 2005 11:57 AM

wow, I think that's the cutest thing I've seen all day. Look at those little mouths! Those little toes! weeeooooeeeee

Posted by: gennette on August 3, 2005 04:12 PM

They are So Cute

Posted by: candi on August 5, 2005 07:21 AM

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