PANDA-MONIUM

The World of Chinese - - Mishmash -

You do not throw things at pan­das. Ever. You just don’t throw things at pan­das un­less you’re will­ing to in­cur the wrath of a billion an­gry peo­ple. Es­pe­cially not a baby panda. You’d think this was ob­vi­ous, but ap­par­ently it wasn’t to some par­tic­u­larly ig­no­rant tourists at the Chengdu Re­search Base of Gi­ant Panda Breed­ing in De­cem­ber, 2016. To make mat­ters worse (for them), they were caught on film. For­tu­nately, when the tourists threw a fig into the panda en­clo­sure, it only landed near the sleep­ing panda cub, whom they were most likely at­tempt­ing to wake up. A guard was cited in the Chengdu Busi­ness Daily as say­ing that “of­ten” tourists threw things to try to wake up pan­das, in­clud­ing rocks. Amid all the howling out­rage on­line, ne­ti­zens have pointed out that at present there are no black­lists or rules with any teeth to curb this kind of be­hav­ior. - D.D.

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