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October 31st, 2009 by Phoebe
At the Chengdu Panda Reserve

At the Chengdu Panda Reserve

Yesterday (editor’s note – this actually happened on Oct 17th, but we are a bit behind in posting!), Tessa, Dad and I went to see the pandas.  Since we went there we learned that there are only 1000 pandas currently existing in the wild.  Pandas are very interesting.  Did you now that if pandas have two babies typically only one will survive? Also female pandas are only fertile 2-3 days every year.

A baby panda in an incubator.  Some of the babies were even smaller than this but I couldn't really get pictures of them.

A baby panda in an incubator. Some of the babies were even smaller than this but I couldn't really get pictures of them.

 Pandas are very playful animals.  When we went to see them they were climbing and swinging.  I had so much fun.  Pandas, unlike other animals have a projection in their wrist which works as an opposing thumb.  It helps them eat their food.

Two pandas wrestling.  They were very playful and really fun to watch!

Two pandas wrestling. They were very playful and really fun to watch!

 Pandas live in the bamboo forests of China.  Pandas eat about 80 different types of Bamboo but prefer 27 types. Since people are moving into the panda’s habitat they are becoming extinct.

This panda was climbing up to poke and bother another panda. He was a trouble maker!

This panda was climbing up to poke and bother another panda. He was a trouble maker!

 The “red pandas” were also in the Chengdu Panda Reserve even though they are in the fox family not really in the panda family.  I thought that the red pandas were less playful than the real pandas.  They have a mane-like fur around their head and have striped tails. A “Red Panda” is not really a panda but they are still really cute!

"Red Panda" isn't it SO cute!

"Red Panda" isn't it SO cute!

The day before I went to the Chengdu Zoo and they had one panda there and he was laying on his back with bamboo piled up on his belly and was eating away.  He was the panda version of Homer Simpson.  We also saw a huge tiger called a Siberian Tiger and it was much much bigger than the other tigers.  We also saw an elephant that was so so big we almost didn’t believe it was a real elephant. 

 

I think the pandas get more room in the zoo because the Chinese people honor them more, but the tigers were in 12 x 20 foot concrete cage and they were all pacing and did not seem very happy.  I was very sad for the cats.  There were also bears.  They were very cute.  The fur around their head was like a big big puffy mane.  When they walked on their back leg they wobbled and hobbled because they had very short back legs.  The enclosure were very wide open and anyone could fall in very easily.  The walls of the enclosures had big slits in them so kids could put their feet in them and look over the low wall.  All of the bears were begging for food and many people were throwing them junk food, which is very bad for them.  The big Asian black bears could catch the food out of the air but the Sun Bears could not and the food bonked them in the head.


6 Responses  
Cricket writes:
November 4th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Wonderful post to share, and what beautiful animals! I would have felt distressed for the cooped-up tigers too, though.

Cancy writes:
November 5th, 2009 at 6:50 am

I am from nanning.I am one of the students teached by Nancy Buswell.Your daughters are so beautiful and Kate is so gentle.I like you very much.

Sam writes:
November 8th, 2009 at 12:50 am

That sounds really fun! My heart sunk a little when I learned my favorite animal was cooped up in a cage like that though… The Red Panda is very cute, but yeah; it looks more like a fox. It sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun!

maple writes:
November 19th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

pheobe i do not have skype.yes i have been getting your calls

Iben writes:
November 22nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Hi Phoebe
We met some time ago on the train from Xian to Chengdu – played cards :-)
Just a small greeting to tell you, that we enjoy to play the cardgame (the one where you slap the deck… – and also follow you on your journey.
We are at the end of our journey – right now on a beach in Thailand. Enjoyed Vietnam very much!
Have a nice time!
Best regards
Iben, Denmark.

Isabella writes:
December 6th, 2009 at 9:31 am

Hi phoebes The pandas are so cute and cuddly! Hope your having fun.
P.S I do’nt have skype ,but we might get it!

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