Arrrg. Every year or so some obscure beast is promoted to super-stardom by the Nippon’s National Cuteness Cult(tm). Poor “Futa” the red panda has been registered as a trademark, just to prevent â€œexploitationâ€ of his image, sheesh.
Standing ovation: Panda earns applause, fame in Japan
LA Daily News – Jun 3, 2005
Tokyo — Futa has a great pair of legs, and they have won the red panda fans across Japan, spots on the evening news and a starring role in an upcoming TV commercial.
Since the two-year-old, 58-centimetre-tall animal was photographed standing upright by a national newspaper last month, he has become the toast of animal lovers in Japan…more…