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>What I can't figure out is why the cutest thing in
San Diego these days is a
>Panda from China. We have no way of ever having
developed a relationship
>with them and they don't even try to act cute. They
just crawl around
>looking for food and acting self absorbed. They
don't even react to the
>crowd at the zoo that is attracted by them. I guess
it's the "hard-to-get"
>meme. Or maybe it's just that we learned as children
to love teddy bears,
>which they seem to resemble. The Australian teddy
bear, the Koala, also has
>a strong following.
Any creature that looks fluffy, cute, tender, fragile,
funny, friendly-looking we like to cuddle rather than
merely tolerate. These creatures don't pose a threat.
Any animal short of these requirements stands a fair
chance to be driven into extinction by our
loving and caring humankind.
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