Sculpture in bamboo grove, Handcross, West Sussex, UK

Art installation at London’s Elephant Parade, May 2010

The Telegraph reports that this video of panda cubs enjoying a playful romp in their nursery at Chengdu Giant Panda Base in Sichaun province is an internet sensation in China.

The video became a hit as soon as it appeared on the net, soothing the stresses of Chinese workers.

Miss Huang, an office clerk said: “I think it’s very good. The pandas are so cute. I’m very busy with my work, but when I watch this video, I feel so relaxed.”

From Andy to a special fan

Fu Hu, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna

Detroit Zoo, February 2011

Hangzhou Zoo, China

Hua Zuiba and De De, Zoo Madrid

George Washington, first president of the United States, born February 22nd, 1732

Scientists donned panda suits again yesterday for the historic transfer of giant panda Cao Cao and her cub Cao Gen to the outer ring of China’s Wolong Nature Reserve. Cao Gen became the first panda cub born in a semi-natural environment to be released into the semi-wild.

(Listen for Cao Gen’s bark when the basket cover is lifted at the end of the clip.)

Researchers decided to move the pandas after reports that Cao Gen had been exhibiting wild instincts, snarling at humans during his physical examinations. In the wild, these instincts help pandas defend themselves against threats from predators such as leopards.

Acting on a suggestion by panda expert Hu Jinchu, the Wolong reserve’s directors recently announced that the bears’ keepers will periodically dress up in leopard costumes and roar at the pandas to further encourage their survival instincts.

Cao Cao and Cao Gen’s new environment is situated at an elevation of 2,200 meters above sea level and measures 40,000 square meters. Fences around the area are specially-designed to ensure the pandas’ safety from other animals and to prevent them from escaping.