The picture that fooled thousands of people in social networks

December 10, 2012
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A peculiar photograph of a panda flying in business class on a Chinese airline was shared by thousands of people on social networks. The point is that many were deceived by a website.

‘When you look at this photo you might assume that you’re seeing a man on an airplane seated beside a big plush panda. But guess what, that’s not a toy. That’s a real live panda cub and he’s flying first class,’ website Geyser of Awesome posted with the photo on Saturday.

‘China Airlines is a proud corporate sponsor of the panda sanctuary at Chengdu and was happy to help out recently with the transfer of a young panda cub to a zoo in the United States of America,’ an alleged press release by China Airlines reads with the picture.

‘After extensive consultation with the Sanctuary’s veterinary staff it was concluded that the importance of the panda cub precluded it from traveling in the hold of the aircraft, where attending to its needs would be difficult. Thus China Airlines agreed to donate seats in its Business Traveler First cabin for the panda cub named Squee Squee and his carer, Fu Jiang Lang, seen here sitting in the window seat.’

‘We are happy to report that Squee Squee arrived rested and relaxed after his 14-hour flight, and is settling into his new home well. During the flight we can report that he didn’t watch any of the flight movies as we couldn’t find a headset big enough for him. He did order the bamboo from catering menu, with a side of bamboo, and bamboo mousse for desert.’

Thousands were moved by the false story and commented on how cute the baby panda was. But of course it was all a joke.

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