He’s so sweet. He’s very lazy. He basically eats and sleeps all day long: but he do not like sex at all. Considered this, it’s not surprising that his survival is very endangered, so endangered that Sir Peter Scott, in 1961, chose him as the icon for WWF. The panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) belongs to Ursidae family, and lives in central China. Despite he’s considered carnivorous, his diet is composed by 99% of bamboo. Panda loves so much bamboo that he evolved to have a sixth “finger” (that’s just a modified wrist bone) to hold it better. His love for bamboo is also one of the biggest problem for conservation of pandas: we already wrote about synchronized bamboo flowering, and its devasting aftermaths. Moreover, the habitat of pandas has been destroyed up to 50% in the last 15 years. But humans misbehaviour is not the only cause of his decline.
Of course, it’s the human activity that cut off entire bamboo forest, in order to create new urban or agricoltural areas, but the main problem at the moment is the fact that pandas dislike sex. This is particularly true for females. They not only choose their mate by their character, but they are sexually excited just before the 3 days-long ovulation, a ovulation that occurs once a year. That means that male has to have both a “right” character and they have to catch the moment: impossible. But don’t worry for male panda, they’re not horny animals enslaved by reluctant female. A recent study demonstrate that they are also not addicted to sex. Their maximum hormon activity ends in May, but after that their hormons level collapse, and stay basically at zero for the rest of the year. To sum up: pandas has taken the gender misunderstanding problem to extremes.
If in nature it’s so hard, in captivity is extremely difficult. The first zoo that gave birth successfully to baby pandas was the one in Peking, where in 29 years… just 30 baby pandas were born. Not that much, if you consider that most of them came from artificial insemination. Now you can imagine the frustration of researched that some months ago tried the most uncommon attempt: porn. In the Cheng-du Panda Center they showed to Ke Li, a female that had refused the male several times, a video were two pandas were having “wild” sex. After that, Ke Li not only had sex with her partner, but turns out that she was pregnant. If you too wants to share voyeur passion with the pandas, watch the video below:
This, of course, can’t be applyied in nature: try to think a bamboo forest full of screen broadcasting panda porn! But a more serious programme has been subscribed in 1992 by WWF and the Chinese Government, but at the moment is stopped waiting the PRC govern to give its part of the 38 milion dollars needed.
A precious panda (but the real ones are more precious), “Biladom Ring” by Boucheron, in white gold and cabochon zapphire, black zapphires, emeralds and diamonds.
“Life’s a Laugh” realized by Brian Griffiths in the Gloucester Road tube station in London, Uk.
“Panda Banquete Chair”, artistic chair in iron and peluche, designed by Fernando e Humberto Campana , limited edition (35 pieces)
With this, you’ll be surely get the look: the “Panda bear” by Jeremy Scott for Adidas