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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Baby Panda's Custom-Made Digs Are Probably Nicer Than Your Studio Apartment

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

click to enlarge SF ZOO/MARIANNE HALE
  • SF Zoo/Marianne Hale

Not even a year old and already this San Francisco panda has a nicer pad than you. And no, we don't need to see pictures of your illegal in-law to know this for fact.

The 10-month-old bear recently arrived to San Francisco where he's been patiently waiting for his own personal treehouse to be completed. In March, Pete Nelson and his crew from Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters constructed the brand-new 400-square-foot home just for the red panda.

click to enlarge JESSIE GREGER/SF ZOO
  • Jessie Greger/SF Zoo

The treehouse, which cost well over $10,000 to build, is ready for public viewing. You can see the panda's pad on starting May 10. Alternatively, you could watch the show featuring the SF Zoo's red panda treehouse construction in June.

Here's how Abbie Tuller, spokeswoman for the Zoo, explains it:

The red panda species is new to the SF Zoo, so when we learned this little guy was coming, there was an area set aside for an enclosure and a plan for the Zoo to build out the space with a climbing structure of some kind. Eric Krussman, the assistant curator for the Children's Zoo, was watching the show one night and thought it would be cool to ask the show if they would be interested in building something. They jumped at the chance and we submitted the requirements, along with many facts about red pandas. Pete and the crew were available for a very small window in early March, so they flew in and we had it built in two days. It was a very fun project for everyone involved.

See what sort of amazing things you can get just for being crazy cute?

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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