Everyone can now take a deep breath and return to their regularly scheduled programming.
Red Panda has a new unicycle, thanks to the Golden State Warriors.
“The Red Panda is legendary and absolutely loved and adored by everyone, especially our fans and season tickets holders. With a new, custom made unicycle we are glad that we could do our small part to help this great tradition continue.” -Warriors President & COO @RickWelts pic.twitter.com/EjPhHFYGbQ
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 2, 2018
“She’s heartbroken,” her agent, Pat Figley of San Francisco-based Farallon Entertainment, told KTVU on Wednesday. ”It’s like her baby was kidnapped. She’s had that unicycle for 30 years.”
She’s now back out on the road, but she’s on a backup unicycle. And it’s not the same.
“She’s doing horribly,” Figley said. “She’s dropping balls. She’s just not used to it. The one that was stolen was custom built for her.”
At the time, people were understandably pissed off.
Is nothing sacred? Who would steal from Red Panda? Bring this scoundrel to justice. https://t.co/TKawduI6aP
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) January 31, 2018
someone stole red panda's unicycle and we're all about to throw hands.
“She’s heartbroken. ”It’s like her baby was kidnapped. She’s had that unicycle for 30 years.” https://t.co/yCKMO6tTeQ
— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) January 31, 2018
But now everything is okay, thanks to the Warriors.
According to the Mercury News, the value of the original bike stolen at San Francisco International Airport was around $25,000. That $25K price tag is something the Warriors can easily afford. On Thursday, members of the Golden State organization met to discuss what steps they could take to buy a new unicycle for Red Panda. They also solicited advice from Warriors’ season ticket holders.
Eventually, they decided to buy her a new bike, something Red Panda’s agent Patrick Figley was eternally grateful for.
“Their generosity is just amazing,” Figley told Bay Area News Group. “This cloud has been lifted. She was thrilled. She’s really really appreciative. The Warriors are a great organization.”
God bless the Warriors and Red Panda.