The current NY Times above-the-fold/ breaking news photograph is of Tai Shan, the National Zoo's four month old panda, who made his media debut today. Obviously, this is a call for New York City to stop shuffling our feet and to finally get our own set of pandas who can breed (naturally, artificially, who cares?!) and make adorable little pandas for us to coo about. Otherwise, we'll be heading out of town to DC every possible weekend (the first 13,000 tickets to see him are already gone!) to see this little fella until he turns two and is shipped back to China to mate with some lady pandas in the Wolong.

The Giant Panda page at the National Zoo. Information on visiting Tai Shan and DCist's panda posts. Gothamist created a collage of images from one of his parents' first attempts to mate and our other posts on pandas.

Photograph from guy incognito on Flickr