In the 7.0-magnitude quake that jolted southwest China’s Sichuan Province on April 20, giant pandas have become special “victims”.
Although no deaths or injuries of pandas were reported so far, the rare species at Bifengxia Panda Base, located 50 kilometers away from the epicenter in Ya’an city, were found scared by the devastating quake.
Ya’an is home to giant pandas. In 1869, a French missionary Armand David discovered the giant panda in Baoxing County of the city, making the black and white bears known to the world.
According to the video captured by the camera surveillance, when the quake occurred at 08:02 on April 20, one panda playing in the garden got panicked during the quake and tried many times to climb onto trees.
“They have definitely affected by the quake and we have taken some measures to calm them down. Our breeders will spend more time with them to release their strained nerves,” said Wang Chengdong, who is in charge of animal management of the base.
Breeders provided abundant food for the pandas to assure them “nothing is wrong”, and for those young cubs who were scared the most, breeders will play with them to ease their tense, said Wang.
There are 61 giant pandas at the base, and nearly half of them were moved here from the Wolong Natural Reserve five years ago, when an 8.0-magnitude earthquake happened near the area. People in Wolong also felt the tremor this time, but no casualties of human beings and pandas were caused, said Zhang Hemin, chief of Wolong Natural Reserve.
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