Was That Necessary?

Sep 17 2012 Published by under [Etc]

I just heard yet another update about the birth of a panda cub at the National Zoo.

I love those pandas as much as anyone. But why do so many of the news outlets feel the need to announce that the cub was borne by the zoo's female panda?

Would that many people really think that the male panda gave birth?

Is that the state of science literacy in the US?

One response so far

  • There are lots of ways that live births happen in the animal kingdom. Like male seahorses giving birth. I'd offer that assuming that the birth-giving critter is female is a fairly anthropocentric viewpoint, and I'd rather err on the side of "well, duh" than miss out on an opportunity to point out that things don't always work the way we think they do.

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