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Jul 09, 2006

N'head butt pas!

What was up with French player Zidane getting thrown out of the game for a head-butt today in the World Cup finals!? Le Dang, Monsieur! I suggest the only type of head butt Zidane should be allowed to deliver from here on out: The cute Red Panda head-butt, as seen midway into this video below:

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Merci, Tom T.!

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What are those? I want one.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:41 PM

Zidane = very, very silly.

Red Panda = funny & cute.

A thinker
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:44 PM

Ha, didn't realize those guys were kept as pets. And is that red panda tongue at the very end of the video?

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:45 PM

No no, I don't want it to end! I want to see more :-(

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:45 PM

Me too!!!! They are sooooo cute. Maybe in the coon family???

Julie J.
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:45 PM

arbed, it IS a little peek o'tongue at the end! AWWWW. They sooo cute.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:47 PM

I like the part where the one guy's hanging onto the dinner tray like "Hey! No! Gimme goodie! I'm not letting to 'til you do!"

Rich Fader
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:48 PM

Cute really is the international language. These little buggers are fluent!

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:51 PM

Ahh, the Japanese <3

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:56 PM

I want I want I want!!!Gimmie gimmie gimmie.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 05:58 PM

oh now tha is soooooo cute

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:01 PM

It looks like he laughs after he head-butts her.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:02 PM

What is that? A panda, a fox, a pandafox, whatever it is I need one! It is so unreal and so perfect. It reminds me of Teddy from
A.I., an adorable stuffed animal come to life.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:04 PM

what fluffy beautiful fur! the one hanging from the tray has a cute tummy. and i do believe he IS laughing after headbutting her, maymee. i want i want!

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:10 PM

Ah! What the hack was Zidane thinking?!

Ben Tong
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:15 PM

When the one was hanging onto the tray... He was like " mmmm my lovely girl-servant brought my dinner and I get to dine off her knee..nnooooo...wait.....eehhhhn! eehhhnnn!"

And just love the little sleepy tongue at the end..you can almost hear the honkshoo..

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:33 PM

KRrubbelaya//!?/??! bzzzxrt **** eENgthrowooowooo!1 zomfg I can NOT allow our girls to see this, it will be VERY BAD for the domestic harmony... we'll foster kittens. KITTENS. Not, I repeat, NOT Red Pandas... what am I going to do... [moan]

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:35 PM

Wow, those red pandas (i think thats what they are) are so cute.

A Zookeeper
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:39 PM

red pandas are amazing and rare. but i had no idea they were so playful or snuggly!

meg, can we pleeeeeeeeaze have a week of red panda photos? we've had kitties and hammies and guineas...c'mon c'mon c'mon, plEEEEEEEEEEEEEEase??!!??!!???!?!!?!???!?!?

we promise to do all our chores and not talk back at the dinner table!

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:48 PM

they do look like raccoons!

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:51 PM

Zidane = much sadness at the awful end to a fabulous career.

Red pandas are my favorite favorite animal ever! I love this video...makes me want red pandas as pets! I need to win the lottery. =(

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 06:53 PM

They are beautiful. Look at the tail floofs!

I thought they were endangered.

Guess I was wrong. Luffly!

*Hugz* to Red Pandas and friends!

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 07:15 PM

The hubby and I watched the game and were stunned by Zidane's head butt. What an awful way to go out.

BUT...we just looked at additional footage from the game, in the seconds leading up to the head butt.

The Italian player who got head-butted reaches around and holds Zitane's chest. It looks like the Italian player is, well, twisting Zitane's nipples.

Zitane apparently has a reputation for going off sometimes. If the Italians set out to rattle him, it certainly worked...

Annie D.
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 07:20 PM

wow, they kind of look like raccoons, but they're not skittish or frenzied like raccoons AT ALL. LOL they move more slowly like actual panda bears.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 07:35 PM

Yeah, I definitely saw the nipple-twister too. But apparently, it was actually a racial slur (he's Algerian) that set of Zidane's headbutt.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 07:47 PM

Wow. I guess she *REALLY* switched to Firefox.

Wolf Plushtoy
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 08:17 PM

how do you get cool pets like that??!

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 08:23 PM

Hi all, I saw all the "I want one!" posts, and decided to do a little research (hey, and anything to avoid math homework right?) Anyway, FYI: The red panda is endangered, and so it would be illegal to have one as a pet, unless you somehow managed to get a speacial license for it. That said, apparently they make pretty good pets, being reasonably easy to train (i dont know what you train them to do exactly, it just said easy to train) and fairly sociable, though they are by nature solitary animals. At a guess, the ones in the video are young, because once they reach maturity, they dont care for each other's company.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 08:39 PM

Zidane head-butt: sad.

red panda head-butt: cute!
and possibly trying to get across the message that yo! lady! i am a wild animal! endangered even! so why are you holding me captive and exploiting my cuteness!?

I haven't yet found anything confirming it was a racial slur that set Zidane off - neither the Italian player who got the butt nor Zidane have said anything to press yet...but I'm betting that was it, and it's hard to think that was pretty deliberate on the Italian player's part.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 09:07 PM

oops...i meant it's hard NOT to think that was pretty deliberate...

best stick to cuteness and not soccer, i suppose.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 09:09 PM

Oh. Ma. Gah. My kingdom for a chance to snorgle a red panda!!!

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 09:10 PM

oops...i meant it's hard NOT to think that was pretty deliberate...

best stick to cuteness and not soccer, i suppose.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 09:14 PM

Nooo! I want a tray hanging firefox now!

Dat Nguyen
 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 09:17 PM

I'll bet that's a rescue/rehab center for those red pandas.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 09:42 PM

The National Zoo has usually had red pandas for many years. Most often during the day they are found up in the trees, usually straddling a branch with their chin on the branch and their four black legs hanging down on both sides. My husband is convinced that they're all stuffed and that the keepers just move them from branch to branch when no one's looking. I have occasionally seen one walking around and eating their bamboo, but I think they're mostly nocturnal and would rather head-butt you than let you sleep.

I have no idea why this woman has two of them, but she may be a zoo employee who's hand-raising them. I shouldn't think that private individuals would be allowed to have them. Her quarters don't suggest that she's rich enough to flout the laws.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 09:46 PM

That girl is actually a fairly popular celebrity in Japan. She's half British and half Japanese (name is Becky). I'm pretty sure she doesn't keep them, and that this was just a cute segment of a random show there. They probably just got permission to use the pandas (you know the Japanese and their addiction for anything cute).
Anyways....the cuteness is truly overwhelming.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 10:11 PM

classic video

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 10:15 PM


Red pandas are my favoritest animal ever in the whole wide world. All the Japanese I need to know for this one comes courtesy of watching anime and picking up common expressions of distress...

And I'd let that little critter headbutt me any time. Over and over again. Zidane, on the other hand - they can keep him.

 |  Jul 09, 2006 at 10:44 PM

The sweet video content more than made up for the excrutiatingly high pitched voice of the narrator...

So cute, this vid! especially when the red panda played with the girls face!

Netherland Dwarf rabbit, owner!!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 02:19 AM

Just because something is cute, doesnt mean you can/should make a pet out of it. They are adorable though. Look alot like racoons!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 02:49 AM


 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 03:39 AM

Raising red pandas as pets might actually work. For too many endangereed species it's just not practical, but red pandas are small, omnivorous (in the wild they mostly eat bamboo, but they readily adapt to a mixture of fruit, veggies and meat), and friendly.

Downside - they're largely nocturnal.

Pixy Misa
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:41 AM

SO much red panda love! One of my all time favorite animals! I have a collection of red panda plushies, even!

Red panda pride!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:56 AM

I am unable to see this video (my work computer isn't able to do so.)
Is there any way that you could "isolate" and show JUST the one "frame" that would be showing the actual head-butt that happens???
I'm not computer literate, so I didn't know if this would be possible or not...(for us whose computers are technically challenged and can't see videos, etc...)
Theo??? Meg???

you guys r silly
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 06:19 AM

Used to work at a zoo and we were part of the red panda breeding program. Had two pairs of kits in three years. The thing about them is their feet. Their feet!!!! They are so soft, squishy, chubby. You can see how big and padded they are in this video. Ooooh, I used to kiss me some baby red panda toes, but I never got a head butt of love. Too cute!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 06:35 AM

Freeze-frame, eh? I'll see what I can do.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 06:38 AM

Thanks in advance!!!

you guys r silly
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 07:00 AM

Endangered? Noooo! Hopefully those adorable creatures can head butt and body slam their way back to repopulation.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 07:10 AM

I've never even seen anything like that in my entire life! They're amazing! Yknow what's so cute about them, too? Their fluffy fur goes right down to their paws, so there's really no separation and it looks kinda like a mitten.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 07:24 AM

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