Wild Gift: Giant Pandas Coming to Central Park Zoo?

Congresswoman Maloney wants to give NYC a couple of cute, fuzzy good luck charms

New York City might get its own giant panda, like the one above. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City might get its own giant panda, like the one above. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) wants to bring us back a present from her upcoming trip to China.

The New York City representative plans to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding facility in China next week, and hopes to secure a pair of giant pandas for the Central Park Zoo.

“You know, pandas are a sign of good luck,” Ms. Maloney told the Observer.

“We’ve had some bad times,” she continued, “we had 9/11, Hurricane Sandy and the Housing Crisis. It’s time we had some happiness.”

Ms. Maloney leaves for China soon and said she looks forward to filling out the paperwork required before bringing the pandas back to their new home.

The last time a NYC zoo featured pandas was back in the 1980s, when the Beijing Zoo let the Bronx Zoo borrow Ling Ling and Yong Yong for six months. This time would be for keeps, though, clearly an added bonus—and a near-infinite supply of cute YouTube fodder. Plus, uh, lucky pandas!