The Washington Times - June 29, 2009, 06:05AM

Staffers at an elephant enclosure in Thailand have painted several pachyderms to resemble giant pandas to mock their country’s obsession with the black-and-white bamboo-eaters, the Bangkok Post is reporting.

A Thailand zoo recently laid out $20 million to house a newborn female panda and her family. The move irked staffers at the Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal, who say such attention diverts resources from the country’s symbolic mammal, the elephant.


Pandas are cute, I suppose, but elephants deserve attention too. I mean, has anyone ever been accused of ignoring the panda in the room?

I just hope none of the painted elephants begins to think it’s a panda. Because getting an elephant out of a tree is a delicate operation.