April 1, 2009

Taiwan paper prints panda prank

A major Taiwan newspaper printed an April Fools' Day prank Wednesday that claimed two pandas received as a gift from mainland China were disguised forest bears.

The Taipei Times claimed the latest friction between Taiwan and China centered on Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, a pair of pandas given to the Taipei Zoo as a gift from China, The Times of London reported Wednesday.

Taipei Zoo official Connie Liu was quoted in the hoax story as saying she became suspicious after the pandas, a species famous for their low libidos, began spending all of their time having sex. She said she then discovered that the animals were Wenzhou brown forest bears dyed to disguise them as rare pandas.

Their roots began to show, the paper quoted Liu as saying.

Pandas also made April Fools' headlines with Google, which inserted cartoon bears over the usual yellow figure on the Street View feature of Google Maps, The Times reported.