Living in Washington D.C. means seeing the pandas at the zoo. Ever since the first pandas - Mei Ling and Hsing-Hsing - came, people have been panda crazy. A visit to the National Zoo to the panda palace included seeing the boxes the pandas came in. When the first two pandas died, people were bereft.
Now, we have new panda family and a new panda cub. It is exciting and fun. The new cub turned out to be a boy. (Picture from the National Zoo web site.) Here is the panda cam and zoo site: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/ read all about the new panda that captured our hearts.
Ever since pandas were found in China and brought to the West, people have fallen in love with them. They seem so cuddly and cute. However, pandas are neither. Relatives of the bear family, pandas are large mammals who rely on bamboo for food.
"In China they call the Panda "Xiongmao", which means Giant Cat Bear. The Panda was believed to have magical powers that could ward off natural disasters and evil spirits" From World Kids: Endangered Animals Center http:///www.worldkids.net/eac/panda.html."
"Pandas live alone except when breeding, indicating a solitary lifestyle. Those with this medicine will be happiest when living by themselves. Relationships can be acquired and maintained but only if a partner respects the need for privacy and sacred space. Although relationship issues are common for those with this totem a panda medicine person will be forced to rely on their intuitive voice for nourishment and guidance. This aids them in developing a deeper understanding of who they truly are. From the perspective of spiritual growth this understanding is a fundamental requirement for the souls evolution." - From Sayahda's Animal Totems: Panada http://www.sayahda.com/cyc3.html