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?
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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.
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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)
This video is torture to Me! So FLUUUUUFFFFFYYYYYY!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHHHHHHH!!!!!
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)
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)
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)
Aditi Kumar (30 days ago)
They’re so adorable! I love pandas 🐼
chan (30 days ago)
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)
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)
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 🤣