DIARY: UPS panders to panda pandemonium

The United Parcel Service knows a great PR stunt when it sees one, especially when furry, oh-so-cute animals are part of the package.

The United Parcel Service knows a great PR stunt when it sees one, especially when furry, oh-so-cute animals are part of the package.

The United Parcel Service knows a great PR stunt when it sees one,

especially when furry, oh-so-cute animals are part of the package.



Earlier this month, the world’s largest package carrier was tapped to

transport two giant pandas from Beijing to Atlanta. Predictably, a great

deal of fanfare - though, thankfully, few screaming ’Panda-monium!’

headlines - ensued.



The pandas made the trip on the ’Panda Express,’ a Boeing 767 adorned

with black-and-white panda logos. Alas, UPS chose not to paint over its

customary brown plane tail, thus completely ruining the elegant color

scheme.



A UPS spokesperson said that the pandas were treated to the equivalent

of ’first-class airline service’ on their journey, with bread, water,

apples and bamboo there for the taking. And not that UPS has the US

Postal Service’s knack for, uh, ’misplacing’ packages, but plans were

made for possible delivery snafus. Bar codes on the panda crates allowed

them to be tracked like any other UPS package. So much for the human

touch.



Whether the three veterinarians who accompanied the pandas on their

17-hour journey were treated quite as well, nobody seems to know.



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