We understand just how deeply heartbreaking it is that pandas aren’t suitable to be house pets, but these adorable panda-like puppies from China offer those of us who adore pandas a glimmer of hope.
These adorable critters were born in the Jiangsu region in Northeastern China. Neither of their parents look much like pandas – mom was a local rural dog and dad was a Pekinese dog.
Three pups from the litter look like pandas and the other three have different markings. When they were born, their fur was closer to an ash color, later changing to black and white, so it’s unclear whether their markings will stay this way or whether it’s just a phase.
Owner Shaojun Shi denied skeptics who claimed that he could’ve simply dyed the pups’ fur, saying, “I think that if I’d tried to do that, it wouldn’t have turned out this good.” The owners have allegedly been flooded with offers for the young pups, but say they won’t sell them yet because they’re too young.
Pandas are as rare as they are not just because they are endangered, but because the Chinese government has a monopoly on them. Pandas are desirable and only found in China, so China has used them as a diplomatic tool, loaning them to governments that they want to form closer relationships with. They insist, of course, that any cubs born overseas still belong to China.