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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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Kayla Greenwood (3 hours ago)
Awwwwwwwww this is adorable but I’m very upset their endangered
Rajendra Shrestha (5 hours ago)
Those are soooo cute.And so cute sounds too.
Sumitra Majhi (13 hours ago)
Yukara Yuvii (15 hours ago)
Aigoo.... 🙈🙈🙈🙈 so.... Cute.... 😘
Christina Nguyen (22 hours ago)
*lies in bed of pandas* Me: NO FAIR
Sara Jehar (1 day ago)
1:34 noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh toooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuteeeee 😭😭😭😍
helene (1 day ago)
678 people disliked this what
Nazrin Shah (1 day ago)
China: Breed them more so we can eat them
TheReal Doge (1 day ago)
Nice racist joke but its actually not that funny and its immature
Shrashti Singh (1 day ago)
Something positive !!
Brandon French (1 day ago)
Best video YouTube recommend me
Narayan Prahlad (2 days ago)
They are so cute 💕❤️😍😘😘!! Especially their sound!! 😍💕😘.. Just wish I spend my whole life ONLY with them.... Taking care, feeding them and playing with them!! 😍😘💕
Deb L (3 days ago)
Lol. The costuming is hilarious.
Aron Abanilla (3 days ago)
Can panda be at the pet store?
TheReal Doge (1 day ago)
No. No no no
Muhammad Imran (4 days ago)
I love panda i love panda i love dem❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🐼🐼🐼🐼
PRanit Raut (4 days ago)
S988 S.A (5 days ago)
So Chinese people eating every kind of animals but they take care of the panda and raise them carefully
Sammybill2 (5 days ago)
Those are weird and funny costumes+we were laughing out hard
Sammybill2 (5 days ago)
Sammybill2 (5 days ago)
Gacha Foxy Lover's! (6 days ago)
christine macutay (6 days ago)
Where did i find a panda i love panda ro
Daniel Pandarmawan (6 days ago)
No one : Panda : *falling to the ground with nothing*
gacha life show - joshua (7 days ago)
I like panda there are freaking cute 🐼❤
Trinayana Kaushik (7 days ago)
The first statement is so true. Panda Cubs are just like human children. Their activities are exactly same.
KG Vidz (7 days ago)
Can I have one
Grumpy CuteFluffiness (7 days ago)
fudge I NEED to touch one!
CaptainPanda (8 days ago)
Pandas are the best!
Hieu Dinh (9 days ago)
They scream like baby humans. Lol
KSHITIJ GARG (9 days ago)
Give me that fluffy chumps puf ball
STC (9 days ago)
I think now I can explain what people are doing in Japanese Action Videos. Men lick Women lower body to help them defecate, like what panda mon does.
.• (9 days ago)
Give me some
Mike Studmuffin (9 days ago)
I swear that cub was enjoying that too much.
Satwik V (9 days ago)
I can see why China makes Pandas illegal to own outside of China. Us the horrible humans will probably kill them and sell their fur or meat. China know the rest of the world doesn’t deserve these species... sad
RED RANDY XZ (9 days ago)
I want a pet panda
Barcelona Treble Winner Twice (9 days ago)
2:09 Install speaker on fake leopard and other fake predators body and blast their scary roar at high volume to scare the pandas... Then, put some robotics movement copying real predator attack and keep on improvise it until panda scared of them...
Caesar (9 days ago)
There are 666 dislikes! Conspiracy?
Elena Andro (10 days ago)
Pandas deserve nobel peace prize
Francesco Maresca (10 days ago)
I want a panda😩😭
TS. Putri (10 days ago)
I wanna cry they're soooo cuuuutteeeeeee!!!!😭😭😭
Oh no it's marshie (10 days ago)
Professor: "We will train them to recognize enemy predators" Panda: * walk passes right in front of the cheetah"
Lollumy (10 days ago)
..did that mother panda just release a baby panda in front of my eyes?
Guardian15 (10 days ago)
That’s the most terrifying Micky mouse costume I’ve ever seen
שמשון הגיבור (10 days ago)
Mambwe Mwape (10 days ago)
They are going extinct because they cant number 2? lol
Solonduin (10 days ago)
one day one of these pandas will be seperated from his family and will be destined to become the great dragon warrior
Jayhawkboy fan15764 (10 days ago)
I just want to cuddle with those panda’s. 😍😍😍
Warrior Tder (11 days ago)
Why breed them and release to the wild? It is hard for them to get food very difficult.
debudada (12 days ago)
They are the cutest animal in the world , even the Chinese dont eat them
РĤŐĔŃĨЖ Nike (12 days ago)
Phillip Fun Vlogs (12 days ago)
It’s po
Jayhawkboy fan15764 (12 days ago)
SO CUTE!!!!😍😍😍
Samantha Lim (13 days ago)
Lee Carvalho (13 days ago)
Just imagine a serial killer movie with that panda mask on😀😀😀
Ivan Ivanov (13 days ago)
Panda Panda Panda
梁喆 (13 days ago)
I really like the little pandas to take a big photo with the papa panda.
Silvana Flor (13 days ago)
¿Será que si yo fuera a China el Xi Jinping me de un panda de regalo? Son muy lindos. 😍😍
ben bundidsilp (14 days ago)
Vijay 1630 (14 days ago)
China cares for panda more than humans.
_노오란로드롤러 (14 days ago)
everyday life (14 days ago)
Hunting a panda in the wild is a death sentence in china. That is the only way to prevent hunting in china. True story!
Steven Lin (14 days ago)
Prediction: panda's gonna become #1 selling pet by 2050
Ari O. Ramirez (7 days ago)
It's illegal to have a panda as a pet which is good because they may be abused by horrible humans
Nanda Kishore (13 days ago)
hahaha You don't know about china
Alejandro Lopez (15 days ago)
Safe the pandas please!
Dead X (15 days ago)
Me the whole video Awwww so cute My grandma ahead Wtf are u watching And why are so many girls screaming
dhan dhan (15 days ago)
So my conclusion is..... Panda need human in their live. Yeah, we need your cuteness as well 😁
Roshan Tiwari (15 days ago)
those guys in panda costume r super scary
journey begins Here (15 days ago)
Kudos to these hardworking people
ChaosDreadlord (15 days ago)
Which one of you is the Dragon Warrior?
Troll (10 days ago)
Did this even made you smile
Lucy Grainger (16 days ago)
Omg I want one
Namaste Crypto (16 days ago)
Time to wear a Panda Cape!
Planet SA tours (16 days ago)
Lol,it is hard to get them to mate. Than they show them playing😂
Saturn Notfound (17 days ago)
Your dogs are weird
Rashmita Jena (17 days ago)
How to get a job there... M eager to wear that loose costume n be a panda to cuddle a baby panda😍😍😘😘😘
Samuel Yap (18 days ago)
1:40 *sneak 100*
Antonio Quera (18 days ago)
Cuteness overload
ssn0916 (19 days ago)
Rin Matsuoka (19 days ago)
Which one is gonna be the dragon warrior?
No Name (20 days ago)
The Panda Custom Looks Really Creepy.
Russ Khalilov (20 days ago)
0:43 “leave me and my son alone”
So this video was Humble and sweet until those people In the panda suits came out, now I’m disturbed
Ahil Fahmi (22 days ago)
So cute
91clarie (22 days ago)
K those panda costumes look like something a serial killer would wear. Creepy af!!! Cute panda babies tho
Katherine M (22 days ago)
Halloween 2019. Are these costumes on amazon ?
Ascent (22 days ago)
Do we know why they can’t poo on their own? That’s different.
Paul Castillo (22 days ago)
Puppies&Kittens: Am I a joke to you?
Qingshi Chen (23 days ago)
0:19 The "Heaven"
Muhammad Alfatih (23 days ago)
Where do i sign up hahahahaha
Gaurav Badwal (23 days ago)
1:44 Rise of the Planet of the pandas
Kamil Emmanuel Aresgado Estidola (23 days ago)
Po, remember?
Nova creativity Animations (24 days ago)
I want this job so bad 🥰🥰🥰
Bot :P (24 days ago)
1:10 *the fuke*
Panda Rose (25 days ago)
I need that job NOW
Jose Rodriguez (25 days ago)
I love pandas i want one
Ken Kenzo (25 days ago)
Look at those Dragon Warriors....
Asher B (25 days ago)
Save the panda 🐼
Alyan Khan (26 days ago)
Alright but when do you teach them kungfu
Positive Mentality (25 days ago)
At around 14 months, begins with meditation though and kung-fu later
eclipsa queen of darkness (26 days ago)
Too much love and cuteness will kill you long before a bullit hits you
The Neanderthal (27 days ago)
Po will teach them conveniently
Stephany Is Depressed (27 days ago)
Please give ne one xd
Jennifer Landers (28 days ago)
I wanna cuddle them...they are so cute😚😚😚