David Frum

03.25.13

To Honor Canada Hosting Two Giant Pandas, Here's Ten Beautiful Photos of Pandas

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China has sent two giant pandas for a 10 year visit at two Canadian zoos, Toronto first, Calgary second.

China's use of these beasts always reminds me of a couplet I read years ago in a newspaper column. I wish I could remember the author - and the rest of the verse. But here's what I do recall:

Hail to the cuddly giant panda,
Sluggish slave of propangada.

Too true, alas. Here's hoping the pandas seize the opportunity to defect.

[Below: More pictures of pandas. Enjoy.]

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