Somebody stole Red Panda’s unicycle, and if you don’t know who Red Panda is, allow me to explain.
Red Panda, also known by her birth name Rong Niu, is a human balancing act. She is a solo unicyclist who performs at NBA games and colleges across the country. She has performed on ESPN, Bleacher Report and for the hit show America’s Got Talent. But it’s not just any performance. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen, until you’ve seen it.
Niu pedals a seven-foot unicycle with one foot and kicks white bowls on top of her head with the other. But she doesn’t just kick white bowls on top of her head: She kicks one white bowl, then two, then three, four and five. It’s an incredible display of focus that you have to see to believe.
Red Panda has made her very living off of her unicycle and those bowls. And on Wednesday, according to KTVU, someone stole her bike at San Francisco International Airport. According to her agent, Niu was waiting for her bag to come off the conveyor belt at the airport, and when she started walking toward it, “someone must have grabbed it.”
It is possible someone grabbed her baggage by mistake, but another unicycle as stolen the same day, according to KTVU.
Now, her agent is offering a $2,000 reward for bringing the unicycle back to its rightful owner with no questions asked.
“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.”
Red Panda is using her backup unicycle now, but according to her agent, nothing is 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.”
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