Sad Panda on October 6th, 2009; Photo by Lisa Johnson.

Back in July the lovable Sad Panda went missing from his regular spot downtown, leaving the city traumatized by his sudden disappearance. But miracles do happen, people, and as of today he has returned! And it looks like he even got himself a new set of hands.

A reader sends along this photo and tells us: "Just wanted to report that this morning I got off the subway at Bowling Green. I rounded the corner of the park, and there, amazingly, was Sad Panda! He's back! Panda tip cup and all. It's really amazing how happy some guy in a panda costume can make a person." Indeed. Sad Panda, please don't leave us again.