Sunday, August 5, 2007


Hey I adopted a Giant Panda as a virtual pet in my blog today! Simmi christened him Putu. So, if you are reading this then be kind enough to feed Putu his regular feed of grass brfore you log off. All you need to do is click onto the tab "more" and a bamboo shoot will appear. Click on the icon and then feed Putu!!!

Kanika introduced me to this virtual pet adoption. She has a really cute piglet in her blog- POKY!!! Now before you guys sign off let me clarify what's my ideal of adopting a virtual pet and that too a Giant Panda!
No prizes for guessing "Why a Giant Panda?" Precisely, because this cute little grizzly is on the verge of extinction and maybe the only ones left for care and adoption will be the ones like Putu, in a virtual world.
The other reason to vindicate my adoption is Discipline! Why discipline? Well, if you have a pet for real then you'll understand what I mean. Pets are the best way we can learn to discipline our lives, regulate ourselves and not to say even learn to emote. In my instance to begin with, before I adopted Putu I nose dived into some eco read about the Pandas -their eating and living patterns. Ofcourse, in a virtual environment the things would be different, but if for a moment I was to adopt a Panda for real then this is perhaps what my routine would look like:
Morning: Feed Putu
AfterNoon: Feed Putu
Evening: Feed Putu
Night: Feed Putu
Midnight: Feed Putu
Dawn: ....
Yes, my friends the giant panda lives a life that we all aspire- "Eat, Drink, Sleep, Eat, Drink,..." Sorry for the pun but I guess "Leading such a life is dangerous and therefore the Pandas are moving towards extinction" :o)

You can log into this site (mighty useful) and find more about Giant Pandas and his family...

By the way, I also stumbled into this interesting trivia as to how these grizzlies got their genric name. Quoted below:

"Giant Panda
Understanding the derivation of the word "panda" is not a black-and-white issue. The first appearance of the giant panda in literature occurred more than 3,000 years ago in The Book of History and The Book of Songs (the earliest collection of Chinese poetry), which both referred to the creature as pi and pixiu. The animal then popped up in Er Ya, the first Chinese dictionary (221–207 BCE); The Classics of Seas and Mountains, a famous geography book (770–256 BCE); and The Annotated Readings of the Book of Songs (475–221 BCE). These books gave the panda three new names—mo, zhi yi, and bai hu—and described the creature as a white fox, a white leopard, and similar to a tiger or a white bear.
As if the identity of this bamboo-eater wasn’t confused enough, the giant panda in later literature also received the names of meng shi shou (beast of prey), bai bao (white leopard), shi tie shou (iron-eating beast), and zhu xiong (bamboo bear). To this day, the Chinese name for the giant panda is still under dispute. Is it a banded bear (huaxiong), a catlike bear (maoxiong), a bearlike cat (xiongmao), or a great bear-cat (daxiongmao)?
The academic community even had problems deciding on a name. Attempting to give the giant panda its first scientific name, Père Armand David placed the species in the bear genus, Ursus, and labeled the species Ursus melanoleucus in 1869. About a year later, Alphonse Milne-Edwards correctly placed the species in its own separate genus and christened the animal Ailuropoda melanoleuca, meaning "cat-footed, black-and-white animal." This Latin name has stuck.
Altogether, the creature has received nearly 20 different Chinese names, yet none resembles "panda." One of the few known candidates for the root of the word panda is pónya, possibly derived from a Nepali word referring to the ball of the foot--perhaps a keen observation of how this bear eats bamboo with an adapted wrist bone that functions as an opposable thumb and sixth digit. Other writers believe that "panda" came from wah, the Nepali name for the red panda (Ailurus fulgens), and originating from the childlike sound that this species sometimes makes. The ultimate answer, however, may remain as elusive as a wild giant panda in a forest of bamboo.
—Alex Hawes and Matthew Huy"

Yeah and "What's in a name"- Right!!!

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