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Frank’s panda in Burma

April 9, 2016

PT Boat Red

As it turns out, Red Stahley wasn’t the only member of the family who had an interesting pet experience during the war.  My uncle, Frank Morris, serving in the Army in Burma was the proud owner of a panda–at least for a few days. 

Frank relates the story thus;  “Our US Army unit may have been the first to capture a panda.  We found a young one chewing on bamboo in our area.  We fashioned a rope harness and leash for him and he was with us for several days before chewing his way to freedom.”   

As we were recently discussing this episode, Frank made the point that after the panda cub had escaped, he and the other soldiers came to a stunning realization.  Since pandas regularly dine on bamboo, a rope harness was not much of a challenge, even for a cub.  Telling the story caused Frank to erupt in…

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