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OMG Cute Red Pandas At The Zoo!

Aww! Uwishunu blogger Eric Smith writes about the new red panda couple at the zoo, Pip and Jing Li. I have no idea if red pandas can actually be a couple, if this is just a Valentine’s Day publicity stunt or if the above photo is even of the Philadelphia Zoo’s two red pandas. But when I come across red panda news at a local zoo, I report it.

Cute Alert: New Red Panda Couple @ Philadelphia Zoo [Uwishunu]

OMG New Red Panda At The Zoo!

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The Philadelphia Zoo has a new super cute red panda, who shows up after the ugly animals at the start of this video.

The new panda is a two-year old female and has been brought in as a companion for the zoo’s 16-year-old. But she’s too young to mate and he’s too old, so the relationship will be platonic. Maybe they’ll cuddle a bit, though.

In related news, I care about puppydogs.

Philadelphia Zoo Gets New Red Panda [AP/CBS 3]
New zoo critters [Philly.com]

Sorry For The Delay

To make up for it, here’s the cutest non-puppy thing ever:

Aww.

Red Panda that looks like a raccoon [Myspace]
N’head butt pas! [Cute Overload]

Leftovers: Is the Pizza Pope Catholic?

022706redpanda.jpg • Hey kids! Want the opportunity to (1) make more money than I do and (2) get poked fun at on this website at least once a week? Metro is hiring! [JournalismJobs.com]

Kevin Smith is coming to speak at Penn! And what he is known for, according to the campus paper: “His films are also known for for sexual references and graphic displays of bodily functions.” Indeed! [Daily Pennsylvanian]

• Fearing the success of Marley & Me will put America’s CQ (Cuteness Quotient) at levels that the Chinese could not ever match, the nation opens a panda kindergarten. [Reuters]

• Ahh, but America returns the cuteness volley: Red pandas doing online dating! That means that, despite having both tried online dating, the red panda Fagan is leading me, 1-0, in number of dates. But how can I be mad when the little buggers are so cute! [6 ABC]

• The official mascot of the NCAA, J.J. Jumper, caused $6,500 worth of damage to the Columbia student TV station’s equipment when he accidentally backflipped into it. Sadly, this is probably the highlight of the year for the Columbia athletic department. [Columbia Daily Spectator]

• Earlier today I admired Bode Miller’s use of the Olympics as simply a two-week party. Now it’s time to admire the rich. Mark Cuban is offering a million dollars for charity if Donald Trump blows up a rubber glove with his nose on For Love or Money tonight. Make it $2 million for Trump to put on the J.J. Jumper costume and you could probably get elected president, Mark. [Blog Maverick via Deadspin]

• Will the day soon be coming when bloggers accept oral sex for linking new products? I’m a little easier than that. Really, all you have to do is laugh at my jokes and I’ll write whatever you want. [Jeremy Zawodny]

• The founder of Domino’s Pizza — the “Pizza Pope” — is planning the first “Catholics only” town in the U.S. No abortion, no fornication, no contraception, &c. And, on Tuesdays, Jesus’ blood is three goblets for $7 and comes with a free side of consecrated cheesy bread! [The Sunday Times]

Quickies: To be fair, it’s the best coffee shop run by an Internet bank in America

• The New York Times on going to Philadelphia: get your coffee and wifi at the ING Direct Cafe, dawg! And open an Orange Savings Account! [NYT]

• Craig LaBan recaps his year: Nothing got four bells — whatever that means — and only one restaurant (Haru) was bad enough to not get any recommendation at all. Oh, snap. Better keep extra disguises when you’re around 3rd and Chestnut, Craig. [Inky]

• New Action News sports anchor Jamie Apody is a a second-degree black belt in karate. This kitten’s got claws! How long until 6 ABC has her do some headache-inducing “Challenge our anchor to a sport!” gimmick? I give it two weeks. [DN]

• And — it’s in the middle of this story, so you gotta read — but one little documentary makes a woman sign the “Free the Elephants” petition. A whopping 100 signed, which means about .015% (note: figure made up) of the people in the gallery care about elephants. Eh: As long as the zoo keeps those red pandas, I’m down. [Inky]

• Hey, how about this one? La Salle’s basketball team is 6-0 after a four overtime win against Central Connecticut State. And nobody arrested! Nobody! Whoo! [DN]