Siku weighed a little over one pound when he was born! Do you remember when he was this small?
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In this week’s Panda Live Camera highlights, the cubs fall out of trees, discover that panda paws aren’t useful for gripping round objects, and snooze in positions that would put the most flexible cats to shame. You can tune into their live cam every evening at 5:00 pm PST.
Siku is now 7 ½ months old and weighs 57 kilograms (126 pounds).
A lot is happening in Siku’s life right now. We have changed his feeding routines so that he only gets milk two times a day (in a bowl), and during opening hours he only gets cow heart and the occasional apple. Because we didn’t need the mesh door in the little shed anymore, since we were not feeding him milk, we decided to board it up. That way it’s clearer for Siku that he will not be fed there anymore. He has investigated it a couple of times, but he hasn’t seemed too concerned about it being closed off. He likes to jump up and down the barrier, and we think he is having fun making a lot of sound banging on it.
We have started throwing bigger pieces of meat into his enclosure, making him search for them himself and using his paws and teeth to divide it. This is the way we feed the adult polar bears, and he needs to learn to be fed that way as well. After giving him his meat, he gets an apple in his little lake that he has to go out and get. At night, when we move him to the other enclosure, we always go to the indoor facility with him. There we feed him by hand still, and train with him. So now he knows how to search for food in the grass, go into the water after food, be hand fed, and to drink milk from a bowl.
We have decided to put up a barrier one meter away from Siku’s fence, so people can’t get so close anymore. This is because we have a lot more visitors now due to the summer vacation in Denmark, and people were sometimes dropping things in to Siku’s enclosure by accident. We don’t go in with him anymore so we can’t get the things out before the park closes, and Siku is a curious boy, investigating and mouthing everything he finds. It seems already that this is good solution, and Siku doesn’t seem to have noticed that people are a little bit farther away than usual.
The Giant Panda’s habitat was once widespread over southern and eastern China, Vietnam and Myanmar (Burma), but their habitat has been greatly reduced over time. Today their habitat is limited to the mountains in only a few provinces of southwestern China. Most are in the Sichuan Province, but they are also found in Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces.
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We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest Pearl of the Planet live cam from China featuring Tai Shan, the charismatic panda who captured the world’s heart when he was born at the National Zoo seven years ago.
To honor all of the Giant Pandas and give you a way to help them without spending a dime, we are launching a new challenge grant. For every person who “likes” the Tai Shan Cam, we will donate a dollar to replant bamboo fields devastated in a series of natural disasters in China’s countryside.
Watch a highlight of Tai Shan discovering his birthday cake and tune in every night to watch all the pandas live from China starting at 8pm EST.