You know, it can’t be easy being a panda at a zoo.
Oh, I know there are worse things to be in the world. But you know, think about your life as a zoo panda: You look adorable so everyone stares at you all the time, you’re constantly having your picture taken with those humans again telling you what to do or trying to get you to move this way or that.
And when it’s time for mating, you know, you have a little trouble getting in the mood. Nobody (well, maybe porn stars) want to make love when there’s a bunch of folks around and watching. I mean, maybe if one of those humans had brought some Marvin Gaye music and a little white wine, OK. But tourists never do that.
So you could really hardly blame Ying Ying and Le Le, two adorable black and white creatures at the Hong Kong Zoo, for having trouble getting it on over the past 10 years.
Zookeepers have tried in vain to get the two to procreate, but nothing seemed to get them in the mood.
But under the category of “unexpectedly great things to happen during coronavirus,” let us add: The pandas finally had sex!
Yep, according to the zoo, Le Le and Ying Ying were actually able to get with each other about 10 days ago, and some new baby panda cubs should be on the way. Seems that the zoo closing due to the pandemic, and the lack of people around, allowed Le Le and Ying Ying to get the romantic mood just right.
“The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination,” Michael Boos, executive director of the zoo, said in a statement online.
“Female giant pandas are reportedly only fertile during a single, 24- to 72-hour period each year. It is also believed that the male and female have to be attracted to each other before they can mate.”
Three days a year to be fertile! Man, what pressure on both the male AND the female!
Female panda: “Honey, let’s go, it’s time!”
Male: “Not now sweetheart, I’m watching this great show on Animal Planet.”
Female: “Excuse me, if you don’t get over here now, we’re not having sex again until next year.”
Male: “Be right there!”
Congrats, Ying Ying and Le Le. We’re all proud of you.
**Next up today, Saturday night was the Global Citizen concert for Covid-19 relief, and while my wife and I didn’t watch the whole thing, what we did see was pretty sensational. (Never thought I’d enjoy hearing Jennifer Lopez cover Barbra Streisand, but I did.)
There were two performances that really stood out to me, and reminded me the power and awesome reach of music.
First, Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” is probably an all-time Top 10 song for me, and I’ve cringed many times hearing it covered badly.
But this… is just sensational. John Legend and Sam Smith doing a simple, powerful version from their own homes. So, so good.
And then these four guys from England who’ve been around a while, the Rolling something or other 🙂
I’m not saying they’re as good as they ever was, but they’re still pretty great. Here, in four separate homes of course, is their classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
I particularly loved the air drums by Charlie, and how in the world can Keith Richards still be alive?
Really great stuff.
**Finally today, some of my fellow tennis fanatics have been posting these “tennis at home” videos from around the world, and I have to say this one is far and away my favorite. Check out these two women in Liguria, Italy playing an incredible version of “rooftop tennis.”
I miss this sport so much, I actually watched it a few times and started critiquing their form.
Come back, tennis, come back!