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Raising Cute Pandas: It's Complicated | National Geographic

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Giant panda cubs are adorable fluff balls that squeak and squeal. This endangered species is also incredibly tricky to breed and raise in captivity. In the 1960s, only 30 percent of infant pandas born at breeding centers survived. Today 90 percent survive. So, what changed? ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe #NationalGeographic #Pandas #BabyAnimals About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta In the last 20 years, China has successfully tackled three of the biggest problems holding the giant panda back. Through research and experimentation, researchers at China's breeding centers have discovered how to encourage captive pandas to mate, how to make sure the pregnancy is successful, and how to keep the panda cubs alive once they've been born. For mating, they found that offering the females a choice of mate as well as enriching panda diets leads to a better chance of successful mating. A panda pregnancy can range from 73 days to 324 days depending on the weight of the mother panda and conditions she experiences during pregnancy. This knowledge, backed by medical advancements in artificial insemination, has allowed for more successful pregnancies in captive pandas. Pandas often give birth to twins, and mothers usually choose to nurture only the stronger cub, resulting in the other twin's death. Panda keepers have found a way to save this cub by "sharing custody." Periodically, the keepers will swap out the infants, caring for one themselves while the other is with the mother. This way, every cub has a chance to survive. When in human care, the keepers must frequently massage the gut of the cub to help stimulate bowel movements—as infant pandas are unable to defecate without assistance. All of these factors have led to the spike in the panda's survival rates. More recently, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda has made another breakthrough: It’s the only center in the world to successfully breed pandas and then release them into the wild. Five pandas have been released since 2006, though two have died. Before release, the pandas must go through a series of trials meant to test their abilities to survive in the wild, while avoiding human interference as much as possible. China's dedication to panda research is leading the rest of the globe in panda conservation. READ: Pandas Get to Know Their Wild Side http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/08/giant-pandas-wild-animals-national-parks/ Raising Cute Pandas: It's Complicated | National Geographic https://youtu.be/v_cpPMjE0vU National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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Aria Febrian (16 hours ago)
I want to raised baby panda right about now *Throw kitten to trast hole and raised baby panda*
Kamlesh Kumar (22 hours ago)
So, cut panda🐼🐼🐼🐼🐼❤
AGENT47 JAZ (2 days ago)
Save this animalss 💪 without these animals human life is nothing love nature
Pika Panda and Keki Koala (2 days ago)
Check out my panda and koala bear friends cartoons I'm making thank you
Xcvb 789 (3 days ago)
Michelle Claus (3 days ago)
So cute omg 💜😍🐼
Maria Socorro Miranda (3 days ago)
Aww the panda is so cute😲😲😲
Maria Socorro Miranda (17 hours ago)
friestzar (7 days ago)
1:09 omg so cute <3
Ace Lust (7 days ago)
BronzeBobCat (8 days ago)
KiLO (9 days ago)
Yes very interesting... but, will they teach them kung fu?
Renzo Ramirez (9 days ago)
_I want one_
Cat Gaming (9 days ago)
00:01 *Dies of cuteness*
Raniya Abdul Qadir (10 days ago)
Geovany Barahona (10 days ago)
I love pandas there so cute oh jeez I wish I had a panda as a pet dude
th3 w0lf CH4NN3L (10 days ago)
summer vibes (11 days ago)
Atleast someone cares for the earth
Usha Pn (11 days ago)
How many rupees for a panda
XxcocokittyxX 123 (11 days ago)
So cute i love panda’s 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 so cute aaaaaaaaaaaaa
Dorien (12 days ago)
Wheres the dragon warrior at
Major Robinson (12 days ago)
The people who disliked this video have no soul.
Gayathri Srinivasan (14 days ago)
Why they sounds much cuter 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
mk L (15 days ago)
do panda know they are loved themselves???
Jose Tomas Campos Robledano (18 days ago)
So this group of pandas technically live in the Matrix?
BANGWOOL to the ARMY (18 days ago)
I see a lot of Po.
stevendoty1986 (18 days ago)
I’m all ready in love with the pandas 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Keana Tegio (19 days ago)
I cried because of cuteness
amrendra kumar (19 days ago)
Professor Oak? Is that you?
TSFB Gaming (20 days ago)
I just wanted one in my house
Chandler Minh (20 days ago)
China don't have YouTube. who cares? They have Pandas
Ronin Randy (21 days ago)
Got disturb after i saw a guy wearing a *Panda* Costume
Chase Weissinger (21 days ago)
*cute panda alert watch out overload*
I Like -Bears (21 days ago)
If I got a panda fursuit, would they still think I’m human?
I Like -Bears (21 days ago)
*I wish I was a panda*
I Like -Bears (21 days ago)
Absolutely none: Pandas: A!
priyansh Rai (21 days ago)
Samantha Hernandez (22 days ago)
Awww this is so cute 🐼🙂
Aqsa Khan (23 days ago)
2:21 is the superpower i want
Zeny Bionson (24 days ago)
infire mannn (24 days ago)
Imagine going for a walk in a forest and you see these guys 1:41
Jennloe (24 days ago)
Demasiado lindo asfadadas
John Adams (25 days ago)
National geographic is FAKE news
Key Panda (25 days ago)
The sounds like human baby
lolo meme (25 days ago)
So cute.....I'm dying to go here😍😍😍
SmartPlay Youtube (26 days ago)
The last time i saw them they did chi gong
Kevin Doyle (26 days ago)
This video got really weird at about 1:40
PlayoffL36ron (26 days ago)
1:08 dafuq
wilson (26 days ago)
so jealous ....
combo gogoi (26 days ago)
a relaxing smoke (26 days ago)
Chanchal Kumar Maji (26 days ago)
I want one 😂.
Sophia Miaow (27 days ago)
If I ever won the lottery I would send millions to support people as passionate as Papa Panda in their calling
TomUltimatw Tom (27 days ago)
My daily thing to do in the morning is LOOKING AT THA PANDAS
TomUltimatw Tom (27 days ago)
TomUltimatw Tom (27 days ago)
So CUTE i have a panda teddy and a costume.
Mariya K (27 days ago)
1:34 is the cutest moment 🥰
barca love memes (27 days ago)
pandas are the dumb blondes of animals !
Otto Von Bismarck (27 days ago)
Too bad these babies are all owned by the Chinese Government.
flim flam (27 days ago)
"Panda babies will remind you of your children" yea right i'd feed my children to those baby pandas for nourishment
NEXT LIFE (27 days ago)
i started crying at 0:3
Mobeen Ahmed (27 days ago)
Nur Dhea Dwi J (28 days ago)
Beeettcchhh, the opening just warm my heart😭😭😭💙💙💙💙
WOW ! (28 days ago)
I feel bad that I laughed on this part 1:35
marc rabago (28 days ago)
Josue Ochoa (28 days ago)
I want a baby panda 🐼 I will love him and take care of him! ☺️
Autumn A (28 days ago)
Pandas are so cute when they fall roll over
Claudio Andrei (28 days ago)
They’re cute but cmon, they were pretty much created to go extinct
ayesha thapa (28 days ago)
OMG This is the most cutest video ever 😢😍😍😍
damieN (28 days ago)
Plot twist* They cooked those baby pandas that couldn’t survive in the wild
4RealKev (29 days ago)
Tf thats tiger fake or real
Sophie (29 days ago)
Pandas: the worlds most useless and cutest animal!
Maximiliano Zuñixtli (29 days ago)
Over 700 people disliked this video. Some people on this earth are...
el B (29 days ago)
Thanks Youtube.
imicc (29 days ago)
Red Estacio (29 days ago)
Aww.. Can i have one please? 😗😞☺
gun bros (29 days ago)
teach some kung fu
tangy tablets (30 days ago)
Pandas seem a bit difficult to handle. I had no idea...
lds lee (28 days ago)
True, they are in nature curious bears!
MP SR (30 days ago)
Thank you professor for doing this 🙏
asma aisha kamarudin (30 days ago)
adam abdul latiff (30 days ago)
1:11 I'm watching this vid while eating McDonalds 😭 lovely vid btw...hen ke ai 🐼
Monika June (30 days ago)
Omg so cute!😳
The Spark (30 days ago)
I am so angry, I just bought a huge real looking plastic owl that I hung on a string to scare pigeons off my balcony. The result was the same as you see in the above video, both panda and pigeons are fake proofed.
Shelley Verma (30 days ago)
Sooooo cuuttttteeeer
Aditi Kumar (30 days ago)
They’re so adorable! I love pandas 🐼
chan (30 days ago)
ouuuu babiesssssss
Universe keeps an eye on your sins (1 month ago)
I'm sure there are people out there who want to eat pandas too lol
Chriswinter (1 month ago)
*R E S P E C T*
sunshine G (1 month ago)
So cute they are 😍
Erin (1 month ago)
heaven 0:24
Marisol Moreno (1 month ago)
A Budacov (1 month ago)
Is this a real job or these people won somekind of lottery???
9-headed Hydra (1 month ago)
All i can imagine is the panda cub freaking out when he use his panda costum
MyLittleInfinity (1 month ago)
Dream job.
Victor Pope (1 month ago)
Awww pan pan Next do ice bear
Sion _Second (1 month ago)
0:33 uhhhhh what am i seeing
Shayanika Paul (1 month ago)
World most cutest animal
Ishtiak Hossain Ninad (1 month ago)
1:09 for a moment I thought she is destroying its balls 🤣
Rajan Limbu (27 days ago)
I see No balls...
blue Spear4231 (1 month ago)
Is this heaven?
Master A (1 month ago)
I want to swim in a pool of baby pandas 💁‍♂️
Ken1093 (1 month ago)
So cuteeee