Karen Wille saw her panda buddy for the final amount of time in July 2016. He had been in bad form. He had been thin. Their once-sleek fur that is black-and-white dulled. Wille, a board user and volunteer aided by the nonprofit Pandas Overseas, knew a lot better than to anticipate perfection that is wildlife-calendar airbrushed and coiffed. Perhaps the many charismatic of megafauna have off times. Behind the top eyes and rounded frames that sign vulnerability and cuddliness to your mental faculties, pandas are genuine, real time, 200-pound bears. Bears that will shred your flesh. Bears that roll around within the dust and turn themselves dingy grey. Bears that develop old and frail.
However it ended up being nevertheless difficult to see truth getting around her friend. Wille have been to Asia to see this certain bear many times before. This time around, though, nobody wished to talk much regarding how he had been doing. (more…)