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This panda battling a snowman is all of us grappling with the year 2016

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    This panda battling a snowman is all of us grappling with the year 2016

    This panda battling a snowman is all of us grappling with the year 2016

    Da Mao, a giant panda at the Toronto Zoo, faced off against a snowman that his zookeepers constructed for his ‘enrichment’ in a widely viewed video

    Julia Carrie Wong
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    Thursday 22 December 2016 14.39 EST

    The year 2016 took Prince, David Bowie, Professor Snape and most of our sanity. But it has given us this video of a giant panda trying and failing to kill a snowman.

    Da Mao, a giant panda at the Toronto Zoo, faced off against a curiously bi-global snowman that his zookeepers constructed for his “enrichment”, in a video viewed more than half a million times.

    After initially clawing at the snowman’s torso, the panda mounted the frozen structure and perched triumphantly on its head, before promptly losing his balance, falling, and being conked in the face by the snowman’s head as it fell to the ground.

    The giant herbivorous mammal made several subsequent attempts to scale the decapitated snowman, but repeatedly tumbled, displaying both perseverance and flexibility as he somersaulted on to the snow-covered ground.

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  • immoderate (247 posts)
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    1. It looks to me like the panda is having as good a time as it can have.

    I mean, pandas are not known for being the sharpest bears in the string. This panda qualifies for hyperactivity meds. This would be a memorable and formative event in this panda’s life, if it could remember it.

    –imm