Nov
25
2008

Hugs, Not Hits

Or, in this case, bites.

Once again, stupid people are griding my gears.

A Chinese college student broke into the enclosure of Yang Yang, a panda bear living at the Qixing Park zoo.

I think Liu, the 20-year-old victim (tho I might argue that Yang Yang was the real victim here) sums it up nicely: “Yang Yang was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him. I didn’t expect he would attack.”

Yes, I too like to cuddle … with cute animals … that weigh over 250 lbs … and are probably feeling a little restless and stir-crazy from being kept in a cage while twerps like Liu ooh and ahh. Liu, consider yourself Meccanized.

Now, in our great homeland of the United States, someone breaking into your house is just cause for homicide. Apparently, that same protection is not offered to pandas subject to stupid people. Everyone is up in arms about the Zoo’s security measures and whether they did enough to prevent the incident.

But consider the zoo’s position: “We cannot make it like a prison. We already have signs up warning people not to climb in,” he said. “There are no fences along roads but people know not to cross if there are cars. This is basic knowledge.”

I totally agree! I am all for security and taking extra precautions to make sure that zoo-goers are safe, but why should the zoo have to stretch their budget and drop down to accommodate the lowest common denominator of human intelligence?

And if you don’t agree with me, I offer this

“In 2006, a panda at the Beijing Zoo bit a drunk tourist who broke into his enclosure and tried to hug him while he was asleep. The tourist retaliated by biting the bear in the back.” Really?

More than hearing that Liu will be fine, I, personally, am thrilled to hear that Yang Yang was behaving normally after the incident and “did not seem to suffer any negative psychological effects.” Don’t worry, buddy — I’ve got your back.

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