I think I’ve just uncovered the saddest thing in the world: a panda who’s lost a limb and now has problems socializing. Cruel, cruel discriminative pandas. Why won’t you let Niu Niu in on your panda games? Admittedly, the loss of 2/3 of her limb (in a fight) has resulted in balance problems that might be perceived as less that attractive. But still, someone should tell those pandas that picking on the handicapped is *not cool.*
However, Chinese researchers are soliciting for kind-hearted engineers to design poor Niu Niu an artificial limb.
“Niu Niu’s spirits have lifted, the wound has healed and her appetite has basically recovered. But without her left paw, her loss of balance has directly affected her love life,” the paper said.
“The rescue center’s staff suddenly had a bold idea. If they could give Niu Niu an artificial limb, not only would that solve her walking and foraging for food, it would also enable her to mate.”
Staff were appealing to the world’s experts for suggestions and hoped to receive a plan for a “meticulously scientific” fake limb as soon as possible, the paper said.
So, you know, if you have some blueprints for an artificial panda limb laying around, send it to Beijing.
(Hat tip darkman.)