Japan’s Standing Panda & More Video

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 29th, 2007

Standing Panda

Did you know that this strange bipedal behavior of a standing red panda has been all the rage in Japan?

Standing Panda

Here’s a fun video on a diversity of the following noted Fortean and cryptozoological topics, which ends with a suggested solution to the Standing Panda’s appearance.


Bigfoot (with a ghost face in the background);
Tsuchinoko (crypto-creature famous in Japan);
Alien with FBI/KGB/Gestapo agents (actually a “Talk of the Times” newspaper hoax);
Flatwoods Monster;
The Doll with growing hair (another typically Japanese Forteana);
Aliens play with cattle mutilations;
Crop circles, by drawing Doraemon;
A play on a famous Australian Sea Serpent photo;
An explanation for Japan’s mystery guardrail metal shards; finally,
The standing Lesser Panda that was the sensation in the land of the rising Sun.

I thank Kentaro Mori of Forgetomori.com for pointing me to this YouTube video, for a few moments of comedic relief.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “Japan’s Standing Panda & More Video”

  1. tomdee27 responds:

    Great, yet strange, video.

  2. cmgrace responds:

    That was weird. But very funny.

  3. Rappy responds:

    That was random and weird, yet strangely hilarious…

  4. Cryptonut responds:

    Cute little masked guy….he must have been hanging out with Oliver!

  5. Bob K. responds:

    Watching the “Flatwoods Monster” walking down the street was a trip. Also, that picture of the supposedly captured little alien that was being led away by the two guys in trenchcoats? I hadnt seen that photo in decades.

  6. sschaper responds:

    That’s not a panda!

    That’s Ranger Rick!

    (charter member, Ranger Rick Club, long ago)

  7. mystery_man responds:

    Very funny! 🙂 This is interesting to see as I live in Japan. Yes, the red pandas are very popular here, always a big draw at zoos and the bipedal one is a star. As for the video, it’s strange, but then again Japanese TV can seem a little strange to those who aren’t used to it. Especially shows on cryptids or UMAs (Unidentified Mystery Animals) as they like to call them here, can be a little over the top sometimes. Compared with some of the other stuff floating around, this video is not SO bizarre. I’ve seen weirder.

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