Former CIA Director John Brennan is reflected in a table as he prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force; twin panda cubs, born on April 24 in captivity, are pictured in an incubator at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province, China; Susan Walton and daughter Katie, 10 (pictured), who attended the concert of Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, are seen in Manchester, Britain; Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle in Qairawan, west of Mosul, Iraq; an Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia; a message is written on the pavement in Manchester, England, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)
23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September 29, 2016 in Chengdu, China. All the 23 panda cubs were born in the base this year. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Breeding Updates are happening alittle later this year! But it is baby panda time! Hoping for a wonderful year full of round baby pandas!
On April 24, the first giant panda twins of the year were born in captivity at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
The two healthy males, weighing 104.9 grams and 110.7 grams, are the first offspring of mother Zhizhi, who gave birth at the Chengdu giant panda breeding research center in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
On March 29, the mother “Zhi Zhi” began to eat a small amount of bamboo shoots and showed signs of labor. Experts at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding say that this is the first litter of Zhi Zhi. When she saw the newborn cub, she was afraid and anxious, not only not wanting to hold the cub, but moved herself to the corner against wall.
The breeders have tried to give the cub back to the new mother, but she just occasionally glanced at the cub, or ignored the baby panda, or just fell asleep without holding the baby. This has brought great difficulty for the newborn, and since it didn’t get enough milk from the mother, it is hard for the newborn to survive.
After more than 20 days of the best care from the team, the mother is now healthy and producing enough milk for the young. At present, the twins have passed the critical period, as of May 22, the newborn giant pandas weigh in 852g and 844g, respectively.
#tbt We visited Chengdu during the May Day weekend. We visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Tianfu Square, the Wenshu Monastery, various teahouse, and attended a dumpling making class, amongst other things! I would definitely recommend a visit, and our hostel - Chengdu Lazybones Poshpacker - was really nice!
I found the people in Chengdu easier to understand than the locals in Chongqing, who have a strong accent and their own local dialect. Native Chongqingers (Chongqingians?) often don’t say the sh, ch initial, instead say s, c, etc., - for me, this makes numbers (price, cost especially) difficult to determine because of shí (10 十) and sì (4 四), so be wary!
Workers at a giant panda base in northwestern China’s Qinling Mountains have photographed Qizai, a rare brown-and-white panda, frolicking in the forest.
The 6-year-old panda was moved to the base at the end of 2014, and since then, it appears as though Qizai has adapted well.
The panda has reportedly gained 15 kilograms (approx. 66 pounds) in weight over the past year and currently weighs over 105 kilograms (approx. 231 pounds), experts from the base told China News Service.
The experts also said that they are planning to find a wife for Qizai, which may help in research related to the breeding of brown-and-white pandas.
According to the base, brow-and-white giant pandas have been discovered five times in China since the first one was spotted in Foping, Shaanxi Province, in 1985. Qizai, found in 2009, was the last one to be found.
This baby panda was born to Qian Qian on June 27th at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. Panda cubs do not open their eyes until they are six to eight weeks of age and are not mobile until three months. Similar to human babies, pandas roll before they start walking, but are not very graceful for a few more months.
A giant panda dozes in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on February 16th 2016 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. The centre was set up in the 1980s in response to 250 wild giant pandas dying of starvation. Pandas need to eat half their own body weight in bamboo every day but are unable to eat the plant when it is flowering. Although the cycle of flowering and dying back occurs only every 60 years or so, all the bamboo in a district flowers at the same time, and then dies back, leaving the pandas nothing to eat. It can take 10 years for bamboo to grow back to maturity. From the facility’s original six wild giant pandas, there are now 113 captive giant pandas. Credit: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
On April 17, 2012, a critically ill wild panda was discovered in Hongkou National Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province. Upon receipt of the notice, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding rushed to the discovery site. From preliminary inspection at the first-aid station, the giant panda was determined to be a male, around 20-years old, extremely malnourished, skinny and seriously dehydrated, with rough and unglazed covering hair, inelastic skin, collapsed blood vessels, much ascites in abdominal cavity, the right foreleg broken from the wrist, a healed broken position, a over 20 cm long old scratch in his chest, many old scratches throughout this body and seriously-worn incisors. After basic on-site treatment, the giant panda was transported to the Chengdu Research Base for further rescue and treatment. Because he was from Longxi-Hongkou, the service personnel of the Base named him Longlong. At the Base, physiological and biochemical examinations over blood, stool and urine as well as abdomen ultrasonic examination determined that Longlong suffered serious pancreatitis and myocarditis, with a severely damaged liver, much in-vitro and in-vivo tick and roundworm. Due to extreme malnutrition (it was 62 kg but an adult male giant panda should be more than 110 kg generally), his several organs and systems had collapsed. After all-out rescue efforts for six days and six nights, Longlong who had no water for an extended period and experienced several occurrences of shock and respiratory arrest began drinking. After over two years of treatment and maintenance, Longlong is now 106 kg, and his original peach-shaped skinny face has become a large and round face. It can be said that he has become strong, rich and handsome. Now, the completely-recovered Longlong is living out his senior life at the Chengdu Research Base. We wish him a healthy and long life.
Visitors at the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province were in for a rather cute surprise on Monday, as five cuddly pandas fell over each other to grab the food hooked onto a pole by their breeders.
Take a look at these amazing pictures of the scene that unfolded.