This all started with a Washington Post article about the difficulties of breeding giant pandas in capitivity, and the extreme measures being used to help them succeed: panda porn, sexy panda sounds, and training the females to straddle a log so as not to be squished by their bulky paramours.
Wouldn’t this be so much easier to just call the Nature Guy himself, Mark Trail? The Comics Curmudgeon’s own queek found an oldskool Sunday Mark Trail featuring pandas — there might be a clue! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_-H-t-Wz1VNU/TKHhEHDNaTI/AAAAAAAAMDk/OyKZkgWHpYc/s1600/EdDodd_MarkTrail_Panda_100.jpg
Alas not. Perhaps Mark could address the problem with a new column!
Then again, Mark’s kid is adopted.
Mark’s wife is ignored.
Mark’s closest and bestest buddy is a St. Bernard dog.
Just a hunch, but maybe the World Wildlife Fund ought to consider Mark for its new logo…