“Panda Taxi Company” supports local Fukuoka zoo with half the revenue from its cute new vehicle

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Riding a panda has never been more charitable.

The adorably named Blue Zoo Company, which runs the even more adorably named “Panda Taxi Company” in Fukuoka Prefecture, is celebrating 10 years of operations with a specially wrapped taxi which will be on the roads from 5 February this year.

Called the “Zoo Support Panda Jet Taxi” model, the special service aims to provide assistance to the city’s zoo, both by ferrying passengers to the site and by donating half of the car’s entire revenue to help the zoological organisation.

▼ The car features the caped, red bow tie-wearing company mascot on the roof, bonnet and doors of the car. His red cape even flows over the back of the vehicle.

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The unusual charity concept stemmed from the company’s desire to celebrate their tenth anniversary by giving back to the community in some way. With their taxi service named after an animal, supporting the zoo seemed like a natural choice.

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The taxi company is well-known for providing one of the best-priced services in the country, with the starting fare costing 300 yen (US$2.53), which is more than half the price a starting fare in Tokyo. Passengers don’t have to be going to the zoo to use the service so if you see the special taxi while you’re in Fukuoka City, be sure to flag it down!

Fuji Safari Park in Japan has opened a 213-foot transparent pool so guests can watch elephants swim underwater

Daily Mail UK:
A Japanese Zoo has created a large glass swimming tank, so the giant creatures can get some exercise and so visitors can watch underwater
The zoo wanted to show tourists that the animals can swim, a fact that many didn't know

The zoo wanted to show tourists that the animals can swim, a fact that many didn’t know The 213-foot aqua arena was erected at the Fuji Safari Park in Shizuoka, at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Not only have the majestic mammals been enjoying the giant pool, but staff say that after three laps of the pool, their appetites have grown considerably.

Zookeeper Daiki Takeuchi said the transparent sides provided a surprising glimpse into how elephants use their powerful legs for propulsion as they poke their trunks above the surface. The inspiration behind the glass swimming pool came from images of elephants in the ocean.

The zoo wanted to show tourists that the animals can actually swim, something many were unaware of.

The unusual attraction opened to the public on July 11 and joins other attractions such as visitors controversially being able to take pictures with young lions. Though they are supervised by staff.

The 213-foot aqua arena was erected at the Fuji Safari Park in Shizuoka, at the foot of Mount Fuji
Not only have the majestic mammals been enjoying the giant pool, but staff say that after three laps their appetites have grown considerably

The inspiration behind the glass aqua arena came from images of elephants swimming in the ocean
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Zoo visitors in the Philippines can get free massages from four 20-Foot Burmese pythons

Caters News captured video of a number of folks getting massages from a quartet of Burmese pythons at the Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines. Each of the 20-foot constricting snakes are fed at least 10 chickens prior to the free treatment so they don’t attempt to eat anyone in the process.

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Bao Bao meets her adoring public…

 

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Bao Bao on her debut day. Via National Zoo.

On a cold, blustery winter Saturday, the public was finally invited to see Washington, D.C.‘s most undeniable lovable celebrity: Bao Bao.

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Thirty minutes after the panda house opened, a very enthusiastic FONZ volunteer serving as gate-keeper said about 300 people had already gone through, with around 50 people allowed inside at a time. Panda fans began gathering at 6:30 a.m., she reported. But by 8:30 a.m., there was only a small crowd waiting to get in. Panda fans were required to walk the whole Asia Trail before reaching Bao Bao, spreading out the crowd and creating a little crankiness in the ranks.

But after seeing Bao Bao in real life, it was hard to feel grouchy. When this reporter passed through, Bao Bao was asleep next to her pink ball, her face buried. (She sleeps for 20 hours a day, the FONZ volunteer warned us.) “Still worth it,” this frozen reporter thought.

Drew and Natalie from Fairfax, Va. woke up at 5 a.m. to drive to the National Zoo, expecting long lines but finding none. “It rolled over and it was really cute,” Natalie said of her first-hand viewing of Bao Bao. “Sure, it was worth it,” Drew said, adding that he was happy to see all three pandas — Bao Bao, Tian Tian (who was asleep outside) and Mei Xiang (who was crunching on bamboo inside the panda house). “Look at everybody’s grins!” another woman reported of the mood after leaving the panda house.

Inside the panda house, cameras from numerous news outlets were set up, seeking reactions to seeing the 18-pound ball of fur. Panda hats and other clothing items were not in short supply. But just in case you needed some panda merchandise, a tent was set up adjacent to the exit filled with panda hats, panda gloves, panda stuffed animals, panda socks, panda shirts and basically any other panda item imaginable.

The panda house will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m from today until January 20. After that, Bao Bao will be on display after 10 a.m.

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Bao Bao meets her adoring public…