BY TERRIN WAACK | Staff writer
When Cesar Ruiz agreed to be a part of the New Orleans Pelicans’ halftime show with Red Panda, he had no idea what he was signing up for.
The New Orleans Saints offensive lineman thought the Red Panda was simply someone in a panda costume. A quick YouTube search proved how wrong he was.
“Anxiety,” Ruiz said. “I was like, ‘Whoa, whoa. I’m responsible for doing this? I need some type of rehearsal or something.’”
Red Panda’s real name is Rong Niu. She’s an acrobat who rides a 7-foot tall unicycle while catching and balancing multiple ceramic bowl on her head and feet.
Ruiz was responsible...