I saw someone in a panda costume last week, walking along a street in Lower Manhattan. Notice the pretty pink bag he was carrying. Of course I had to take a photo for Beverly's "Pink Saturday" blog event, and also because, let's face it, both pandas and the color pink are rather rare sights in New York City!
It appears that this same panda has been spotted in NYC since January, 2009, and has become somewhat of "cause célèbre" in The Gothamist, New York's most popular blog, and various other blogs. They've nicknamed him "Sad Panda." If you click on the Gothamist link you can see more photos of him (or her).
There is even a Youtube of Sad Panda riding the subway! The quality of the video is a little shaky, but I thought it was worth seeing as a humorous "only in New York" moment:
Most bloggers have come to the conclusion that Sad Panda is hoping to collect some tips in exchange for taking a photo of him, or posing with him. Next time I see him I'll make sure I do just that. I'd like Sad Panda to become Happy Panda, and maybe even find a better job someday!
Please visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound today to see links to many wonderful blogs participating in her weekly "Pink Saturday" event! Thanks Beverly!