Well, well, well. It’s been up for just about ten minutes, and already it appears that the cutest picture EVER is in fact a FRAUD. Originally billed as a panda scared after the Japanese earthquake, turns out this picture is a LIE. I mean, the panda is hugging a guy, but not out of fear. Rather, OUT OF HUNGER. Yes, this picture dates back to 2006, and thankfully my friend Neil — who also happens to be the resident panda archivist of my group — pointed this out to me. Evidently the panda is actually clutching a leg to ask for food.
Ah, but maybe the panda was hungry in the wake of a smaller but still frightening earthquake. Let the conspiracy theories abound!
The REAL story here.
*pun credit, sg-dub