Ready for today’s #panda cub update? #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL
First of all, can you handle the cuteness? If you’re still reading and haven’t died of pure adoration, we have an informative update for you today on how we weigh the giant pandas.
I’m pretty sure most everyone saw yesterday’s #TakeoverTuesday on Zoo social media, where we talked about how we currently weigh the cubs. But have you ever wondered how we weigh the adult pandas? First, what we do is place biscuits on a large scale that is built into the den floor. Next, we make sure that we have bamboo available for Lun Lun once she is done eating the biscuits. Second, we lock and secure the den. Third, we then come tare the scale as to not have the amount the biscuits weigh added onto Lun’s weight. Fourth, we shift Lun into the den, and ask her for “scale, ”and Lun then gets on the scale. Finally, we walk to the camera room and read the weight on the scale, before Lun finishes her biscuits and gets off the scale.
That scale also sometimes makes a nice chair and sometimes bed for Lun Lun!
Bet y’all didn’t know that it took that many steps! We also do this twice a day, for both adults. One a.m. weight and one p.m. weight to see how much they have gained in a day. Before you know it, these little cubs will be learning this behavior too and will be weighed in the same way!
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Panda Facts>> The Giant Pandas spend the rest of their time in sleeping. In the wild, the giant pandas sleep for 2 to 4 hours between its two meals, whose favorite sleeping poses include lying flat on their backs, lying on their sides, lying on their stomachs, stretching their paws and rolling themselves up into balls.
Panda Facts>> The Giant Panda spends 14-16 hours a day eating bamboo, on average, a panda eats 25-30 pounds of bamboo in one day, In the spring, a panda may eat 100 pounds in a day. A giant panda can peel and eat a bamboo shoot in about 40 seconds. Giant pandas have evolved a unique “thumb” which they use to hold bamboo stalks. This thumb is actually a modified wrist bone.
🎨 sisterhood social idea ~ adult coloring book party! 🎨
“Grown Up” coloring books are really popular for creative expression and reducing stress. Plan an adult coloring book session as a FUN chapter social, or an informal recruitment event! You can find free pages online, or purchase some favorite coloring books, and distribute one page to each attendee. (Books are sold at craft stores and online.) Provide several large sets of colored pencils for everyone to share.
Sisters and PNMs will enjoy a relaxing coloring session with music, food & drink and an art exhibit after the party. Many coloring pages feature sorority mascots and symbols too, so you can even theme your event to your organization if you wish. Owls, turtles, skulls and under the sea scenes and are all trendy.
Holiday coloring books are a great idea for a Halloween or Christmas party. Coloring in a large group would be fun for a panhellenic event. Or, organize a coloring contest fundraiser for your philanthropy! Charge an entrance fee and award prizes in different categories. A Coloring Marathon is another fabulous fundraising idea. Get in on the zen coloring craze, ease study tensions, recruit PNMs, and/or raise money at the same time! xoxo ;)
Listen to a baby cub squeak during nap time at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. When they get older, giant pandas don’t roar like other bears, but bleat like goats or honk, growl and bark to communicate. Most communication between adult pandas is done through scent markings.