Baby Pandas Are Getting Ready for Adulthood

By: CBS Email
By: CBS Email

With profound care and gentle nourishment by the keepers in Southwest China, a group of baby giant pandas are growing up healthy, with their weight increased by 200 times, from 0.1 kg to 20 kg, just one year after their births.

The baby pandas are now fatter and naughtier. They climb up trees and back flip there. They play on the rocking horse. Some of them like fighting each other as a game while running around the playground.

And they are starting to get used to bamboo, the traditional food for giant panda in wildlife.

"These baby pandas have all gone through a special training program. We put them outside in snowing days with increased exercise so as to improve their physical status. Now these pandas look so strong and each of them is lively. So they are quite healthy both psychologically and physiologically," said Wu Kongju, a senior veterinary in the Chengdu Breeding and Research Base.

Good physique largely depends on good nutrition. Except for nourishing milk, keepers have begun training these baby pandas to adapt to bamboo as their main food. Apart from bamboo, a special menu is on hand during the transition period.

"Compared with bamboo, bamboo shoots taste better and are more nutritious. So these pandas adapt to apples and bamboo shoots easier," Wu added.

When these pandas are one and half years old, they will start to learn to take bamboo by themselves. An adult giant panda eats 30 kg of bamboo branches and leaves a day for energy required.

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