Archives for posts with tag: panda cubs

Zhen ZhenZhen Zhen, San Diego Zoo, 2008

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.”

Fu Hu, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna

Hua Zuiba and De De, Zoo Madrid

Berry and Ta Shi, six-month old red panda cubs at the Detroit Zoo

Class of ’11, Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base, China

Zoo Atlanta officials announced today that giant panda Lun Lun, pictured above with cub Mei Lan in 2007, gave birth this morning at 5:39 a.m. in a specially prepared birthing den. Lun Lun was inseminated with sperm from her partner Yang Yang in June after the two failed to mate. The couple’s previous cubs include Mei Lan, born in 2006, and Xi Lan, born in 2008.

Watch Lun Lun care for the newborn on the zoo’s Panda cam.

Cub Lin Ping in Chiang Mai, Thailand concurs with Germany’s psychic octopus in predicting victory for Spain against Holland in tomorrow’s World Cup final.

Shama moves her cub, whose two-week birthday falls tomorrow. More than ten years have passed since the last red panda was born at Washington’s National Zoo. Fewer than 2,500 remain in the wild.

Researchers in China plan to send pregnant pandas bred in captivity into the semi-wilderness in an effort to introduce their cubs to a natural environment.

Zhang Hemin, head of the Wolong panda reserve in China’s province of Sichuan, told the Telegraph that one or two pregnant pandas would be released into a semiwild area by the end of the year.

“The pandas will give birth in this semiwild environment and teach their cubs how to forage for food and survive in the wild,” said Zhang.

The transitional period will last about two years, and the panda cubs will then be released into wild mountain forests outside the enclosed zone. Six pregnant pandas have been shortlisted for the task, and one or two of them will soon be chosen based on their health, temperament and survival skills.

Zhang said that veterinarians and other workers who enter the initial enclosed zone will have to meld into the environment to help keep it as wild an experience for the pandas as possible.

Zoo workers and vets who enter the zone will disguise themselves as pandas by donning a black-and-white fur coat and crawling on the ground.”