A panda is a type of bear that is originally found in the regions of south Central China. They are easily recognized by their large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.
They are also known as the giant panda, the name which is sometimes used to differentiate them from the unrelated red panda. Their diet is over 99% bamboo, but in the wild, they will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat like birds, rodents or carrion. In captivity, they are sometimes given honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas with specially prepared food.
These cuddly animals are considered to be an endangered species and rely heavily on conservation efforts to increase their number. So just imagine the efforts of the staff in Zoo Atlanta in taking care of these animals. Their hard work eventually paid off when the female got pregnant but the carers were shocked when they had a closer look.
12. Pregnant Mama Panda
Back in July 2013, the staff at Zoo Atlanta were keeping their fingers crossed for a healthy delivery from their pregnant giant panda. But, all anyone could really do was watch and play the waiting game. Because sometimes female pandas show the right signs of labor, but when their due date arrive, they have nothing. However, no one at the zoo was completely expecting what happened next to their pregnant female panda.
11. Papa And Mama Panda
This unbelievable story happened at Georgia’s Zoo Atlanta which is home to 18-year-old pandas Lun Lun, a female, and Yang Yang, a male. This good-looking couple has been together at Zoo Atlanta since 1999.
Before living in Zoo Atlanta, Lun Lun and Yang Yang were actually both born at China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in 1997. They were moved to Zoo Atlanta because the researchers had high hopes that they would become panda parents there.
10. Panda Romance
Romance was always on the tags for these two Atlanta celebrities. The zoo even posted their dating profiles on its website to give people an idea of the bears’ personalities. For example, Lun Lun’s favorite hobbies are climbing and sleeping, while Yang Yang enjoys the smell of tabasco and lavender. Naturally, the two giant pandas are favorites at the zoo, and a live webcam allows their fans to enjoy 24-hour panda entertainment.
9. Panda Babies
Most importantly, Lun Lun and Yang Yang have managed to produce baby pandas successfully on three occasions. Their first cub, a male called Mei Lan, was born in September 2006, their second son, named Xi Lan, arrived in 2009, and a daughter named Po came along in 2011.
And in 2013 the zoo’s breeding efforts were successful once more. An ultrasound scan given by zoo staff confirmed that Lun Lun was pregnant for the fourth time. Understandably, the carers and the panda family fans were overjoyed.