Why are pandas always given repetitive names, like Ching Ching or Tao Tao? And is this the reason they’re so bad at breeding?
Imagine the situation: you’re a panda trying to meet a mate. You sidle up. “Can I offer you some bamboo?” you say.
“Why thanks,” she replies. “What’s your name?”
“Erm. Bao Bao.”
She falls over laughing. “What kind of name is that? Ho ho ho.”
You slink off, unrequited and muttering. “Not again.”