Can pandas jump the shark?

Bao Bao

Bao Bao, the Giant Panda cub, in one of his first media appearances.

You know that in Washington, DC we like politics. What may surprise you is how much we love pandas.

At the National Zoo, there was my favorite: Rusty, the red panda. And now there's always a long line to see Bao Bao, the baby giant panda. We even have panda related press conferences.

The National Zoo sent an email to donors this morning advertising a "$6,000 VIP Bao Bao Tour package." That'll get you a private, behind-the-scenes tour to meet the giant panda cub, five valet parking passes and admission to a panda-themed cocktail reception.


Washington City Paper has decided we may have hit "peak panda" -- like "peak beard," but it looks more like this:


Baby Bao Bao at the National Zoo.


About the author

David Gura is a senior reporter for Marketplace, based in the Washington, D.C. bureau.


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