Everyone loves pandas and would love to have one but they're rare bears, so what's a panda-lover (or low-budget zoo) to do? Make your own, of course, based on some other more common creature! While the wisdom of “pandalizing” animals is debatable at best (or worst), the results will leave you bewitched, bothered and bamboozled.
10) Panda Cat
This kitten sure does look like a baby panda... or an adult guinea pig. Hey, whatever works, right? By the way, there's no truth to the rumor stating this cat's owner got him from a shelter after visiting the local zoo's panda exhibit. No truth whatsoever. (Panda lookalike image via Lottie)
9) Panda Crocodile
Remember that zoo in Gaza that couldn't afford zebras so they painted a donkey in black & white stripes?
They've got nothing on a zoo in Thailand where pandas are presumably on the “want” list yet the owners just can't wait. And you thought the only ugly crocs were the ones you wear on your feet. (Panda lookalike image via Bad badger Trends)
8) Panda Sheep
These sheep from Dale of Walls in the Scottish Shetland Islands are channeling pandas to the max, and as you can see they're not trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes. Good to see panda-lookalike sheep birthing offspring so easily compared to their endangered models.
OK, maybe that's a little harsh. Pandas may not be overly prolific but we wouldn't say they don't know mutton. (Panda lookalike image via Mike Pennington/Geograph)
7) Panda Elephant
The elephant keepers at the Ayutthaya-Elephant Kraal In Thailand weren't at all pleased when the birth of a panda cub at Bangkok's Chiang Mai Zoo grabbed the limelight.
In response, the keepers whipped up a big batch of watercolor paint and set to work pandalizing five of its resident elephants. Shame on them, tusk tusk. (Panda lookalike image via People's Daily Online)
6) Panda Lemur
Leapin' lemurs, this critter takes the whole black & white fur combo thing to a whole new level. While lemurs and pandas are both mammals and presumably have a common ancestor in the far distant past, one wonders if that prehistoric progenitor sported such snazzy contrasting colors. Guess we'll never know until someone builds a working time machine, or at least a hot tub time machine. Mmm, hot tub...
Don't try offering this guy any bamboo shoots... by the look in its eyes, we'd say bamboo isn't what's for dinner. YOU, on the other hand, just might be. (Panda lookalike image via Matthias Appel)
5) Panda Cow
Cowabunga dude... make that "Cowapanda" instead. This Galloway cattle from Monreith, Scotland sports the contrasting coloring typical of the breed but in a more panda-ish manner than is the norm.
Not that anyone's complaining - well, maybe a few are a tad spooked by the steer's penetrating stare. We're sure the milk is just fine, especially when accompanied by some Oreos. (Panda lookalike image via John Spooner)
4) Panda Bunny
Saying this rabbit looks like a panda doesn't quite pass the smell test... oh wait, check out its snout! Yep, a classic case of panda-nose. Easier to "spot" from a distance.
Odd blotches aside, this oddly-marked bunny doesn't look all that happy. With an expression like that you'd think it was eating cardboard or something... oh. (Panda lookalike image via Nina A. J. G.)
3) Panda Tapir
The Malayan Tapir looks somewhat panda-like thanks to its large size, rounded body and a distinctive black & white hide that helps conceal it from tigers and other forest predators.
Thankfully no zoos have yet attempted to modify the Malayan Tapir's natural appearance to make it more panda-like, though if it's gonna happen our bets are on Thailand. (Panda lookalike image via Travis)
2) Panda Dog
This panting piebald pooch appears to be part panda, at least from the neck up. Put away those bamboo shoots, tho', this puppy wants a thick juicy steak.
Panda puppies - "cubs", actually - are about the cutest critters around but for the sake of practicality (not to mention legality) it's best to restrict your panda-cravings to permissible pets. (Panda lookalike image via localpups)
1) Panda Ant
This spectacular image purports to depict a “Panda Ant” but things are not always as they appear – and by the way, this is an actual insect and not a cynical photoshop. Native to central Chile, these hermaphrodite wingless wasps grow to about 8mm (about 1/3 of an inch) in length and no, they don't eat bamboo. (Panda lookalike image via Chris Lukhaup)
What do actual pandas think of the raft of animal imitators? They don't, of course, but if they did one would assume overly much is being made of the issue... and of course, they'd be right. Appearances to the contrary, it's not a black & white world but wouldn't it be boring if animals only displayed 50 shades of grey?