if we had named that panda p-dizzle would they want him back?

hagin by me

hagin' by me

time’s up…..

for zoo atlanta’s pandas that is. the lease on the giant pandas is up next year and zoo atlanta announced today it needs to raise $500,000 to reach the $2.5 million they need in order to renew the lease with the chinese on lun lun, yang yang and xi lan (mei lan is going back to china no matter what.)

it sucks that zoo atlanta doesn’t have the cash on hand to do this, but you know the drill, economy bad, corporate sponsorships are down, etc. etc. so anyway, the zoo is coming to you and asking for a membership or a donation or whatever you can do. they have set up a web site, give so they can stay, and you can check it out for more info.

i realize there are so many worthy causes hurting for money right now, but pandas, pandas are one of the things that make us big-time, in select company. and they are awesome.

you guys know how much i love these pandas. during the winter when i was going through a rough patch one of the things that got me through the day was pausing for a mintue and watching p-dizzle on the panda cam. i even bought a membership to the zoo so i could walk over there any time and see them. those animals are to me citizens of this city and part of us.

i hate this panda lease game with the chinese, but it is what it is. maybe this is the same kind of blackmail professional sports teams play with cities to get new stadiums, but damn does it work.

i think they are worth trying to keep here.

so who would come to a “keep the pandas here” party if we at the atlanta metblog were to throw one. maybe we could raise a few bucks.

who’s with me?

5 Comments so far

  1. jkowall on June 18th, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    I would be in for a party to support the bears :)

  2. BOHO Moe (mmoebes) on June 27th, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    I’d love to see them stay…the zoo is <1 miles from our house, and we rather enjoy knowing we can walk to our Chinese neighbors when weather allows.

  3. james hervey (jeherv) on June 28th, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    stella, which is here is the hood, is planning on doing a benefit on 7/7 for the pandas. stay tuned for more info on that….

  4. jkowall on June 28th, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    Cool, not a huge fan of the place, but I’ll be there if I get get our of Geneva :)

  5. Brock Brunswick (brockbrunswick) on July 6th, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

    I think we should call him Piddle. Everybody likes to be reminded of a little puppy piss when they see a furry animal, right? Perhaps he can start a restaurant, too, consisting of "upscale shoots and leaves." Yes?

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