Panda cubs on the Giant Panda Toddler Cam can show you how to roll. These panda cubs are between 8-months and 2-years-old.
Did You Know?: Giant Panda cubs are especially vulnerable since the mothers don’t use a den and hibernate as other bears do. In the wild, Giant Pandas nest in hollow tree trunks or caves. The newborns won’t be able to even stand on their own for nearly 4 months. New mothers occasionally don’t seem to know how to take care of their cubs. In captivity, they are then raised by caretakers using incubators in the nurseries at the Giant Panda Reserves or Zoos. At the Giant Panda Reserves, the caretakers in the nursery leave one cub with the mother for her to care for and place one in the nursery in an incubator. In the nursery, the staff will hand feed the cub and stay with it 24 hours a day, every day. After about a week, the cubs are exchanged or “swapped” so both cubs will bond with their mother and receive her care. The mother accepts both babies, but only one at a time. This process of exchanging the cubs, which was developed at the Wolong Panda Center, allows both of the cubs to survive in captivity. The Wolong Panda Center now has a 90% survival rate with captive born cubs, due in large part to this method used to raise twins. (Read more at Pandas International – Panda Facts).
Check out our series of personal accounts from a panda keeper, “Qiang Qiang and I.” Part 1 starts here.
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