A place to share all the panda stuff you can find. Anything from cartoons, costumes, to actual news reports; they gotta knock one up in a zoo eventually somewhere. If it's a panda, any kind of panda, then feel free to post it here.
Rules: The only one worth mentioning is that this is a work safe community. Anything that isn't should be under an LJ·cut and something in the post should indicate how unsafe the image is.
The name's the thing: The name "panda" originates with a Himalayan language, possibly Nepali. And as used in the West it was originally applied to the red panda, to which the giant panda was thought to be related. Until its relation to the red panda was discovered in 1901, the giant panda was known as Mottled Bear (Ailuropus melanoleucus) or Particolored Bear.
The Chinese language name for the giant panda, 大熊貓, literally translates to "large bear cat", or just "bear cat" (熊貓).
Most bears' eyes have round pupils. The exception is the giant panda, whose pupils are vertical slits like cats' eyes. These unusual eyes, combined with its ability to effortlessly scale trees, are what inspired the Chinese to call the panda the "large bear cat".
Credit to mood theme: a number of the mood sprites were made by carrie2004...who might've done more if she'd not gotten a bit panda'd out. Others were shown to me by a number of others and various links online.
If you want to advertise any kind of community please do so at We·Need·a·Life and not here. I used to allow advertising in any of my communities if it kept to the theme of that community but I'd like to cut down on that a bit...until it dwindles to nothing.