There Is Now ‘Panda Daycare’ And We Can’t Even With How Cute It Is
We love panda bears. Those black and white animals make us want to pinch their cheeks whenever we see one. That’s how cute they are. We know that they’re a dangerous animal and that they could probably maul us to death if we got anywhere near close to them. But they’re so cute! We can’t help it. We just want to rub their big bellies and pet their soft, little head and kiss them on the face if they’d let us. They never would let us, but still. They’re more cute than they should be allowed to be.
If there was a way for us to spend all day with panda bears, we would take it in a heartbeat. If we had to dress up like a mommy panda bear in order to trick all of the baby panda bears into thinking that we were their mother, we’d do it. But now, we don’t have to.
Panda bears are cute AF, but their good looks weren’t going to save them from extinction.
Panda bears are notoriously lazy and they also have a very specific diet. Plus, on top that that, they’ve had a lot of trouble breeding in captivity.
But now, there are panda bears aplenty, thanks to the creation of nature reserves in China. Even though we still have a ways to go, panda bears are starting to repopulate themselves, which we love.
Palace For Pandas
Pandas notoriously have a problem with breeding in captivity. We don’t blame them. You wouldn’t want your zookeeper trying to get you to get it on, either!
But the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the Chenghua District of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China is having better luck with getting its pandas to mate.
The the Chenghua Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a research center and tourist park. And it’s also home to some cute pandas.
Home Sweet Home
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was founded in the 1980s, and has an adorable backstory.
It started when six sick and malnourished giant panda bears were rescued from the wild. The base was built and gave them a space safe to recover.
Today, the base has grown to 83 captive pandas, and the base has had 124 panda births. We love that these black and white bears now have a good home to go to when they need it.
It sounds like a lot of baby pandas have been born at the center, which is a good thing.
When there is a larger amount of breeding pandas, it means that there’s more genetic diversity (and less inbreeding). Plus, the offspring are healthier to boot.
The base is helping to make this possible through their mission to be a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination.” We are completely here for it, but also we’re here for the bears.
Baby On Board
When the baby panda bears are born, they start out in a nursery, which is probably the cutest place on the planet.
There, they’re given around the clock care. Then, when they grow older, they are given environments that are more and more closer to what we would consider natural.
The panda bears are allowed to live in the natural reserve space of the base. It becomes their home sweet home, and it’s pretty much a panda heaven.
Moving On Up
But the baby pandas that are born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding don’t always stay there.
Some of the panda bears are moved to other wildlife reserves. That’s why more panda bears have been born there than live there.
They need to make room for the new pandas that are coming in to the base. We hope that the bears love their new homes and don’t get homesick very often, otherwise we’d feel so sad.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has partnered with other organizations so that they can work to converse panda bears as a team.
The base partnered with Zoo Atlanta and they loaned out two giant pandas for breeding.
Their names were Yang Yang and Lun Lun. Those two bears have created five offspring, Mei Lan in 2006, Xi Lan in 2008, Po born on November 3, 2010 and Mei Lun and Mei Huan in 2013.
Born To Run
Yang Yang (the boy panda) and Lun Lun (the girl panda) were both born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding before they were loaned out.
Even though the two have three girls and one boy together, Yang Yang is kept separate from his mate.
Who knows what weird panda bear soap opera drama they’ve got going on. Maybe Lun Lun gets jealous because she saw Yang Yang’s twin who came back from the dead cheating.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has also partnered with other zoos and organizations located all over the world.
The University of Liverpool in England, the National Zoological Park in Washington D.C., and the University of Japan are all partners with the base.
We’re happy that they keep these little guys going! There are so many things we can learn about the pandas. Click through to read some fun facts about these black and white animals you might not know…
Pandas are similar to humans in one ways. Well, okay in two ways if you count the fact they’re both mammals.
Both pandas and humans will have two sets of teeth in their lifetimes. Just like us, pandas also get their baby teeth before their adult teeth grow in.
We’re not sure if they also put their baby teeth under their pillow and wait for the Tooth Fairy. That one might actually just be a human thing.
On The Brink
Giant pandas run the risk of going extinct if we don’t do something about it.
There are currently just over 1,000 giant pandas left in the world. Scientists are trying to increase the population of giant pandas to 5,000 by 2025, so those panda bears better get busy getting busy!
Giant pandas have been on the endangered species list since 1990. Hopefully, one day we will be able to take them off the list of endangered species.
If you see a panda walking funny, don’t call him out on it. All pandas are like that.
Panda bears are pigeon-toed, meaning their toes turn slightly inward. So if you see a panda bear walking around, he’s going to be doing it with his front paws turned inward.
We don’t know how they evolved to walk this way, but honestly, it kind of makes them cuter, which is saying a lot because they’re already pretty darn cute.
The fastest bear in the world is the black bear. They can run 35 miles an hour, which is the speed limit on a lot of residential streets.
But not panda bears. They’re slow as molasses, and can only get up to speeds as fast as a slow trot.
If you were stuck behind someone in traffic going as fast as the fastest panda bear, you would be laying into your horn and yelling at them to go faster.
Yin And Yang
The Chinese people believe that the black and white fur of the panda bear does more than make them look cute.
They believe that their coat represents yin and yang, the two opposing forces the universe is made from.
The panda bear and its gentle nature is supposed to represent the harmony that is achieved when yin and yang are balanced. But also, it makes them look like they’re cuter then regular bears, so there’s that, too.
Once A Year
Female panda bears are only really fertile for two or three days out of the year, which is a pretty narrow window.
That’s because they only ovulate once a year. But fortunately for people who breed pandas, panda bears are more likely to give birth to twins when they’re in captivity than they are when they’re in the wild.
We wonder if they also have an app to be able to tell when a female panda is ovulating?
Female pandas ovulate once a year, so it’s no surprise that most pandas are born in the same time of year. So birthday parties must be hard.
Most pandas are born in August or September. They’re the size of a stick of butter when they’re born, and they’re pink with white fur.
They don’t stay that small, and end up reaching the size of an average human baby when they’re two months old. They grow up so quickly, almost too quickly.
A panda’s calls might sound all the same to us, like indistinguishable generic bear noises.
But a panda bear actually has 11 different distinct calls that it will use, according to researchers who have counted them all.
They only use four of those calls to search for a mate. So if you complain about your significant other not being very original with their words, at least they’re not a panda and have only four different phrases to choose from.
Color Me Beautiful
Nobody knows why panda bears have their distinct black and white pattern on their fur.
Some scientists think that it might be for camouflage, and that the black and white pattern helps them hide in the bamboo forest.
Other scientists think that the pandas have black around their eyes to make them look bigger, which makes them look more aggressive. Sorry, pandas, but that backfired. It just makes you look a lot more adorable than you are.
Pandas eat bamboo, and apparently they love doing it, too. It must be their favorite thing, because they spend so much time eating.
Pandas will spend 14-16 hours a day eating bamboo. Seriously, where do they get the time? What do their calendars look like? 2:00 p.m. eat bamboo. 3:00 p.m. eat bamboo. The entire evening, eat some more bamboo?
Also, their throats have special lining to help prevent them from getting splinters from all that bamboo they’re consuming.
Pandas have very chubby cheeks, but it’s not so they can be cute. It’s so that they can have a stronger bite.
They have really strong cheek muscles to help them chew through bamboo. Their bite is so strong that they can even bite through aluminum.
For comparison, a panda can bite through a bamboo stalk that a human will have trouble cutting through with an axe. And also, you can not eat aluminum on top of it.