I know that even writing this may violate an unstated taboo, but at some point we may have to ask if giant pandas actually want to avoid extinction. It’s like they keep coming up with ways to provoke natural selection into deselecting them; if they looked like opossums – or even squirrels, which aren’t actually ugly-looking – the panda would have long since left the Circle of Life. So… are we just encouraging more and more self-destructive evolutionary behaviors with our misguided altruism? Have we trapped ourselves in a codependent relationship with a bamboo-chewing species of lazy nihilists? Are we enablers?
PS: That being said, Suicidal Pandas would be a good name for a band.