Pandas are incompetent, inefficient piebald buffoons.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Pandas!
Alan Beattie's How Each Nation Sinks or Swims is the original source of this quote.
I like Jack Ewing's review:
Giant pandas are "incompetent, inefficient, piebald buffoons" that should be allowed to "die out."
Giant pandas evolved to depend exclusively on marginally nutritious bamboo. In economic terms, they're "path dependent" — locked into a situation that limits them.
Beattie admires cats, who gave up their free-roaming ways to carve out a niche hunting rats and snuggling with humans.
Sometimes cats snuggle with teddy bears instead.