The BBC released its list of Faces of the Year for 2011, which is one thing. Their choice for a woman to represent December is another. It’s a panda. Named Sweetie.
Sweetie, along with her fellow giant panda Sunshine, was welcomed at Edinburgh airport with cheers and bagpipes after the pair’s 11-hour journey from Chengdu in western China. Their arrival is the culmination of five years of lobbying by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the British government. Even the four pilots wore kilts in the pandas’ honour. The pandas are on loan for a decade at a cost of £600,000 per year. Zoo bosses are hoping that Sweetie will produce cubs during that time.
No disrespect to Sweetie and the cubs her bosses at the zoo hope she’ll produce, but we’re trusting you folks can help with another suggestion for the list, maybe even a human. Pick a woman who did something notable in December, please, and hit the comments.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, everyone on the men’s list was a human.
(H/t Leah McElrath)