Tree guards are important this time of year at Gengda Panda Base! The devices keep pandas away from the tops of trees so they can form new branches and have a fighting chance to grow. Branches are beneficial not least because their leaves will provide shade in the yards. But try explaining that to pandas.
Pandas are smart. They’ll take a couple of days to assess the situation and then take up the challenge of outwitting their keepers. So far the pandas are winning.