|I thought their eyes were oddly human-like.|
Also, the male panda has a reputation for not being particulary amorous. So, scientists in Chendgu have spent years figuring out how to breed the pandas. The scientists use electrical stimulation, syringes, sprayed urine, and extra rations of apples. Candles and romantic music are not part of the routine.
|These are the babies after I think they are about 3 months old.|
|Pandas are adept tree climbers. This one was probably 15 feet up.|
For a whopping $150, you can sit for 5 minutes with a toddler panda which probably weighs close to 100 pounds. For Zane's birthday, I bought us all this experience since the money is "used to help further the research". We each got to wear a surgical gown in order to sit next to an apple munching panda on a bench. It was a once in a lifetime experience to hug a panda. I can't say I've ever sat next to a bear before. And these are not your average bears...
|I swear this guy was waving to me.|
The 100 acre park is gorgeous - it is covered with enormous bamboo trees although the bamboo the pandas eat is harvested elsewhere in Sichuan. A lot of careful attention has been paid to the landscaping with large flower beds everywhere interspersed with streams, lakes, and topiary. Even though the park is on the edge of the city, it's tranquil. It's always a relief to get away from the sound of jackhammers, horns, and the loud hum of constant traffic.
|It appeared to be too much effort to sit up and constantly eat the bamboo. |
Many were stretched out on their backs while munching on the bamboo.
It's easy to see why the WWF has chosen the panda to serve as its mascot for endangered animals. I think even the most jaded among us would get gooey and sentimental over these adorable creatures!