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THURSDAY FAVOURITES - ANIMAL ACTION with HANNAH SARNEY

— Posted on 08.12.2011

Firstly, I like this a lot:

The panda express has been making headlines around the world this week. I’ve been humming a Belle & Sebastian track while editing footage of the two bemused and/or nonchalant giant pandas as they made their extremely well documented trip from Chengdu, China, to Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland.

Tian Tian and Yang Guang – Sweetie and Sunshine – are the first pandas to arrive in the UK for almost 20 years. They’re said to be part of a diplomatic trade and are on loan for an easy £600,000 or so per year.

All the people involved in the trade are hoping for/counting on Sweetie and Sunshine to make some sweet sunshine (a cub) so they can make more money. Ew, panda money shot. Ew.

The BBC published a really interesting article on the science and heartbreak involved in zoo romances. Respected zoos don’t snatch wild animals (unless they ‘need rescuing’ etc.) and enclose them. So they rely on detailed databases to match up males and females that will keep the gene pool from looking too inbred. The experts compare it to internet dating. I guess it’d be like trying to use an Auckland-only internet dating service – or maybe Auckland and Wellington. Still, pass.

The UN climate talks have still been talking this week in Durban, South Africa. The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has dismissed any decent conclusion being formed – sigh. The most interesting article related to the talks that I’ve read has been this one on the magnificent wetlands and birds close to Durban.

Casper the dog/polar bear relaxin’ in the tub has only been rivalled this week, sort of, by this corgi puppy running through a pretty park in HD.

Ah, puppies - de-stress tools. Unless you live with them; they’re de-stress tools when they’re safely tucked away in your video players. Some law students have been doing more smiling and less studying with 15 homeless and adoptable puppies. It helps to socialise the puppies and the law students.

Oop! Who’s that licking the last of their gluten-free first-birthday pavlova off their finger tips? It’s Dewi!

Our favourite porcupine, teddy bear the-porcupine-who-love-corn, has now given pumpkin a try. It’s worth watching all the way to the end – he gets a bit shirty.

I’ve left this site until last because I spent a joyous half-hour clicking ‘another cat’ and I wanted to keep your attention over here for a little bit longer.

So, here it is. GET READY TO HAVE YOUR MIND BLOWN. Another cat! Another cat! Another cat! Hannah, do some work! No! Another cat wants milk!

Have a nice week! I hope you have some sweet dances like this sweet bulldog:

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