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    Shocked and clearly terrified, baby giant pandas are picked up bodily and carried to safety by their keepers as last May's earthquake strikes in south-western China. By Paul Eccleston.


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    Panda evacuated after earthquake has twins Shock waves from the earthquake spread to the mountains of Sichuan Province and devastated the Wolong Conservation Centre which houses the world's most successful panda breeding operation.

    Shocked and clearly terrified, baby giant pandas are picked up and carried to safety by their keepers as last May’s earthquake struck in south-western China


    The centre was in a narrow v-shaped valley flanked by mountains and eye witnesses spoke of them moving as the earthquake rippled through the landscape.
    Boulders and trees crashed down the sides of the mountain as workers at the centre fled as best they could as the ground shook and moved beneath them.
    The pandas raced round their enclosures in panic before they were rescued by their keepers who risked their own safety to reach them.
    There were 63 giant pandas in the centre at the time and miraculously only one was killed. A female called Mao Mao was crushed by a wall as she tried to find shlelter.

    Shock waves from the earthquake spread to the mountains of Sichuan Province and devastated the Wolong Conservation Centre which houses the world’s most successful panda breeding operation


    Three more animals fled on to the mountain side and although two have been recovered one is still missing.
    A total of 18 enclosures were destroyed and the centre was so badly damaged that the whole panda project is having to be moved to other safer areas.
    New homes include the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base about 75 miles outside Sichuan's provincial capital of Chengdu and another breeding centre in Chengdu itself.
    The story of how Wolong coped with last May's earthquake will feature in a follow-up programme to a new TV series Pandamonium which chronicles a year in the centre's life.

    The pandas raced round their enclosures in panic before they were rescued by their keepers who risked their own safety to reach them.
    There were 63 giant pandas in the centre at the time and miraculously only one was killed. A female called Mao Mao was crushed by a wall as she tried to find shelter


    The giant panda is an iconic symbol for the Chinese who set up the centre in 1983 when it became clear that without help the panda was facing extinction.
    Officially classified as endangered on the Red List they are threatened by habitat loss through deforestation and their reliance on bamboo for food. In the past they were also hunted for their fur, meat and body parts. There may be as few as 1,600 left in the wild.
    When Wolong was first established the Chinese struggled to establish a breeding programme and in the first 10 years produced only a handful of cubs.
    Pandas are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity but help and advice from the conservation organisation WWF and specialist zoos in San Diego and Washington in the US reversed its fortunes and since 2005 there has been a baby boom.
    With better science, IVF and the introduction of swop rearing - where tiny and vulnerable new-born pandas are switched between their mother and the warmth of an incubator - more than 130 pandas have now been born.
    Apart from the animals at Wolong another 60 have been sent to other zoos and breeding programmes around the world.
    The TV series was allowed unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the centre and the cameras capture the characters of the pandas but also their keepers.
    "The Chinese can be very difficult to deal with and observation filming is complete anathema to them but even very hard and generally po-faced keepers were moved to tears at some of the events," said producer Amanda Feldon.
    "It is very clear that some of the keepers - but not all - are absolutely devoted to the animals they care for."
    With terrible irony the series includes pictures of the panda Mau Mau - killed in the earthquake - giving birth and tenderly caring for her cub.

    Pandamonium begins on Animal Planet on Tuesday September 9


    Three more animals fled on to the mountain side and although two have been recovered one is still missing. A total of 18 enclosures were destroyed and the centre was so badly damaged that the whole panda project is having to be moved to other safer areas.


    New homes include the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base about 75 miles outside Sichuan’s provincial capital of Chengdu, another breeding centre in Chengdu itself


    The giant panda is an iconic symbol for the Chinese who set up the centre in 1983 when it became clear that without help the panda was facing extinction


    Officially classified as endangered on the Red List they are threatened by habitat loss through deforestation and their reliance on bamboo for food. In the past they were also hunted for their fur, meat and body parts. There may be as few as 1600 left in the wild


    When Wolong was first established the Chinese struggled to establish a breeding programme and in the first 10 years produced only a handful of cubs.


    Pandas are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity but help and advice from the conservation organisation WWF and specialist zoos in San Diego and Washington in the US reversed its fortunes and since 2005 there has been a baby boom


    With better science, IVF and the introduction of swap rearing - where tiny and vulnerable new-born pandas are switched between their mother and the warmth of an incubator - more than 130 pandas have now been born. Apart from the animals at Wolong another 60 have been sent to other zoos and breeding programmes around the world


    The story of how Wolong coped with last May’s earthquake will feature in a follow-up programme to a new TV series Pandamonium which chronicles a year in the centre’s life


    Pandamonium begins on Animal Planet on Tuesday September 9

    Baby giant pandas rescued from Chinese earthquake - Telegraph

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    If they need a place to stay, they are more than welcome here!! All expenses paid and all the bamboo you can eat

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    Good on the carers for saving them.
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    aww so cute

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    There is just nothing cuter! To be a baby panda care giver must be the best job on earth.
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    I don't know how to hold a panda...but one of those pics looks like the guy just grabbed him/her and ran.

    Poor pandas....at least they were rescued. China seems to value them while devaluing other animals, like cats and dogs.
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    thank God those angels were saved! Thanks so much for the heads up on that program this week! I will be watching!

    I'd give almost anything to hold a baby panda! I have had dreams about it!

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    My son is going to China on a school trip at the end of Oct and they were originally scheduled to visit the pandas in Wolong but they've been advised to avoid the area because it's not safe yet. Some aftershocks apparently and infrastructure isn't back yet. He's disappointed but they are going to another wildlife sanctuary elsewhere instead where some of these pandas have been temporarily relocated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    My son is going to China on a school trip at the end of Oct and they were originally scheduled to visit the pandas in Wolong but they've been advised to avoid the area because it's not safe yet. Some aftershocks apparently and infrastructure isn't back yet. He's disappointed but they are going to another wildlife sanctuary elsewhere instead where some of these pandas have been temporarily relocated.
    Man!! We NEVER got school trips like this!! Super!
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    Yeah, well China isn't so far away from Australia. We are more or less part of Asia here Down Under despite what the old colonialists would prefer to believe.
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    A*O, I was supposed to go to China last month to work and volunteer at Wolong. We were advised against it. In fact, we were told not to go at all. Your son can still see the pandas at Chengdu

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