Andy decides to hide his dog Dizzy when Dog Tax Collector Wally Walrus comes to call. But Wally has methods for dealing with evaders.

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Zhen ZhenZhen Zhen, San Diego Zoo, 2008

Walking down a country lane, Andy is tempted to steal an apple. Trouble ensues when he nods off under the apple tree and falls under the spell of a devil panda.

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Pandamonium erupted when the BBC included Tian Tian (AKA “Sweetie”) in its year-end wrap up Faces of the Year 2011 – The Women. The new arrival at the Edinburgh Zoo shared the honors with the likes of Pippa Middleton, the singer Adele, and Eman al-Obeidi, the defiant victim of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime, prompting nearly 48% of the respondents to an online poll to agree that her inclusion “belittled the achievements of the other women in the list.”

Labour MP Stella Creasy was so annoyed that she issued a statement on the matter, saying the BBC had a long way to go when it came to representing women without making them a joke.

“Whilst we all love a good panda story, in a year when Christine Lagarde became head of the IMF, or Helle Throning-Schmidt became prime minister of Denmark, or even the sad death of Amy Winehouse, it’s frustrating the BBC couldn’t think of 12 human female faces who have made the news this year.”

Tian Tian declined to comment, but her defenders noted that 52% of those surveyed felt she was an appropriate choice because “the list was clearly intended to be light hearted.”

Andy Panda Polka featuring Mel Blanc

Mei Lan, National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

25-foot helium parade balloon available for rent from Big Events Inc.

Inking by Dan Gormley for Dell Four Color Comics Andy Panda #326

Andy’s choice for Red Panda of the Year