My fellow Offender Anson recently wrote about traveling through China with his buddy, including a tour that allows tourists to hug a panda for $120:
Is this really a good idea? I know pandas look cuddly and adorable and all of that shit, but they are bears and they can be deadly. According to no less an authority than the Smithsonian National Zoological Park: “Many people find these chunky, lumbering animals to be cute, but giant pandas can be as dangerous as any other bear.”
What this means is that pandas can fuck you up as badly as a grizzly can. For proof, check out these news stories here and here to see what these allegedly gentle giants can do. Or better yet, check out these videos:
So next time you decide that $120 is a small price to pay to get a cool picture of you hugging a panda, consider Photoshop as a safer alternative. It won’t cost you nearly as much and there’s no danger of your computer giving you a severe mauling.