Thursday, May 28, 2009

Breaking news for panda lovers ! Twins born on 27 May 2009 !


AFP/File – Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui, play together as they stay at Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand in 2005. …

Lin Hui is the mother of the twins !


AP – In this photo released by Chiang Mai Zoo, a new born baby panda sits in the hands of a veterinarian .

Great news for animal lovers. I heard it over the astro news this evening , and searching the web, I found the actual news.

Chiang Mai Zoo have reported that a panda in their zoo has given birth to a twin . Apparently, the zoo authority artificially inseminated the female panda in February , but there was no sign at all that she was pregnant. Read more here.

According to AFP report here .

"Giant pandas, notorious for their low sex drive, are among the world's most endangered animals. Nearly 1,600 pandas are believed to survive in the wild in China and about 180 are being raised in captivity in zoos worldwide."

You may ask me why the interest ! I have always been interested on this species which at one time was facing extinction. 

The pandas have many pecularities. Let  me highlight certain points taken from here.

--The panda first appeared 2 to 3 million years ago.

--Today, pandas are found in six isolated forest areas in Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces in China.

--Pandas live in high , usually from 2,700 to 3,700 meters  above sea level

--For years, scientists have argued about whether the panda is more closely related to the bear or the raccoon

--some characteristics common to bears, but other characteristics are not

--Recent DNA / serological studies have determined that the panda is more closely related to bears than to raccoons.

--adult panda is typically 1.5 meters long  and weighs about 75 to 135 kilograms  Males are 10% to 20% heavier than female

--Pandas are most active at twilight and night and slow in the day

--Their fur is slightly oily which prevents water penetration in the cool, damp climate where the pandas live.

--Pandas now feed almost exclusively on the stems and leaves of bamboo. Although, ninety-five to ninety-nine percent of the pandas' diet is bamboo, they also eat flowers, vines, mushroom, grass, fish, and small rodents.

--Pandas also communicate vocally. They have up to 11 distinct calls

--Pandas breed once a year. Mating season is from March to May

--Pandas are the second most threatened species in the world. Only about 1000 pandas are estimated to live in the wild.

--Destruction of the panda's natural habitat is now the major threat to their existance

So far, The United States, Japan and Thailand are the only countries outside China  to have bred pandas through artificial insemination.

Now , tell me these are not interesting!

16 comments:

HELAS said...

This is not interesting... suddenly u become "A PANDA" lover... humph.....

but i think ... nothing laa....

i'm scared that my comment will be re-post at another blog..

hehehehe

bydaway... DID we have PANDA in MALAYSIA???

sunnysideup said...

Its true helas. I have always been interested in pandas. I didn't buy teddy bears for my kids---only panda bears. Big ones, small ones, local ones, imported ones, cute pandas, sleeping pandas, cheeky pandas and so on...

really helas..

HELAS said...

Very2 nice..... actually i do like panda and Dolphin.. hehehe..

PAnda is cute.. if can see in the zoo... sure take picture with the panda... ow ya yesterday i know already where is the zoo located.. haha... ondaway to ampang point.. i see the main Gate...

sunnysideup said...

I'm not sure if we have pandas in captivity !

Alexander said...

kung fu panda..
mama panda..
papa panda..
son of the Panda...
its really coincidence...
i love panda 2...
eat bamboo..
had two colour..
black and white..
slow movement..
wat else..
does it snoring..

sunnysideup said...

alex

of course it does !

kungfu panda ? hoi ! you making fun or what ! I'm talking about real pandas , not acting ones or film stars!

HELAS said...

hah alex.. padan muka kna sound..


sunnysideup said...

itulah
panda movie star---sorry , theyre not in my book ! or as Malays would say --'x main lah '...

sunnysideup said...

oh another one
'panda-cars'
In UK , those small police patrol cars used to be called pandas. Honest !

Alexander said...

heheh... i like kungfu panda...
jack black .. his funny..
heheheh

HELAS said...

panda car... i think becoz... It is black n white i think.. hehe

Alexander said...

or maybe its big and slow motion ..

sunnysideup said...

alex
nice one !

HELAS said...

Ahaks.....

Angel said...

it could be remind me of something else *cough*

HELAS said...

uhuk uhuk....