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Crazy Panda Facts

  • Pandas forage for food 10-16 hrs a day and sleep the rest of the time
  • They eat 20 to 40 pounds of bamboo a day
  • 99% of a panda's diet is bamboo and they only digest 20% of the bamboo...
  • Which is why they poop up to 50 times a day!

Two Baby Pandas Born During Olympics

0001a8a819fJust in time for the Olympic Games, a pair of giant pandas have been born in China.

Bei Bei and Huan Huan have been named after two of the Olympic mascots because they were born on the second day of the 2008 Games.

The twins were born to 9-year-old 'Qi Zhen', who gave birth after a pregnancy extending over 100 days. The birth took place at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, near Chengdu, in Sichuan province.

$125 = A panda on your lap

At Chengdu's Panda Breeding and Research Center, $125 US gets you a smock and a baby panda to hold for 2 minutes. I will do this one day...

More!

Panda2 A bowl of milk doesn't last long at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Center.

18 Baby Pandas: Adorable Photos!

So, it was announced yesterday that the public is being asked to suggest names for the 18 baby pandas in China...

Check out the gallery of these poor, nameless baby pandas... do you feel sorry for them because they only have numbers as their names?  Then start making suggestions- they need you!

I'm not playing favorites but here are some of the cutest shots:

#10:

10



























#11:

11b















#16:

16















#12:

12_2















#13:

13_1















#11 (again):

11














#17:

17













#7:

7














#6:

6














#14:

14_1















#2:

2_1














#1:

1_1














All photos from The Research and Conservation Center for Giant Pandas.

A better panda!

Untitled_1_1We hope this redesign is to your liking...

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One Giant Step Back for Pandas

Captbej80204280654china_panda_release_be_1Back in May we wrote about Xiang Xiang, ..."a 4 year old that "became the first panda born in a laboratory from an artificially inseminated mother, raised in captivity in China and released into nature to fend for himself."

At the time, a scientist said, ""has mastered the ability to adapt to living in a wild environment...can live without being taken care of... has become sensitive and alert to human beings.... He wants to have his own territory, and he has acquired a sense of self-defense."

Unfortunately, that's not very true.

The only captive-bred giant panda to be released into the wild has gone missing after being badly beaten by a rival for territory, food or a mate.

In a major setback for China's efforts to replenish the endangered species with animals reared in zoos, Xiang Xiang has broken at least one bone and could be in danger, a leading Chinese zoologist said.

"Xiang Xiang has been badly hurt in a competition with other pandas," said Zhang Hemin, the director of the Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda. "We think he fell from a high place after being chased up a tree by a wild panda."

Wolong Playtime


Picture originally uploaded by lindagaulke.

lindagaulke visited Wolong and caught this little one in the playground... more pictures of her time there are Thanks, lindagaulke!

Relaxed at Wolong


Picture originally uploaded by Xi Shan.

This looks like a happy panda! Thanks to Xi Shan for the picture...!

Panda Politics (con't)

Pnda_1Pandafix discussed the ongoing panda politics between China and Taiwan way back when and this is still not settled.

China is still pushing for Taiwan to accept Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan and now some panda experts are concerned that the two won't be able to mate because of the delays... (this link is to video and there is a 30 second commercial proceeding the report.)