You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch…
Kids, gather ’round for another bedtime story. I know how you love really evil characters. Let’s see. We’ve covered Hannibal Lecter, Vlad the Impaler, Rod Blagojevich, Mad King Ludwig…
Okay, Timmy and Sally, turn the lights out, get under the covers, and I’ll tell you about a naturalist named Chris Packham…
Well, he’s the man who said conservationists should “pull the plug” on giant pandas, and just let them die out.
“No he did-dunt, Uncle Bob! Stop making that up!”
He says we spend too much money on the panda, because “unfortunately it’s big and cute.” Screw ‘em. Seen one panda, you’ve seen ‘em all.
But what happens when all the pandas are gone, Uncle Bob? What will that nasty man do then?
Well Sally, it wouldn’t surprise me if he goes after sea otters, polar bears and golden retrievers. You better bring Goldie in and hide her in the closet tonight, kids. She’s just too big and cute for her own good.
Above: Chris Packham (L) Courtesy of All-electric Productions
Below: Washington’s famous giant panda off-spring, Tai Shan, celebrates his fourth birthday in Washington on July 9, 2009. REUTERS Mehgan Murphy-Smithsonian’s National Zoo/Handout