Picture from Creative Commons
I came across this article about Bai Yun, the giant panda on a twelve-year loan from China. The San Diego zoo received the two pandas on loan when I used to live in southern Ca, so this article caught my eye. I remember how the news focused on Bai Yun’s first pregnancy and how the public flocked to the zoo to take pictures and see the baby panda once it ventured out for public viewing. They installed a Panda Cam for viewing before that.
The Giant Pandas, Bai Yun and Shi Shi, first arrived in 1987. The San Diego Zoo built a new special enclosure for the bears, so I imagine the agreement has been extended. There are now four pandas at the zoo counting this new baby, which they will name when it reaches a hundred days old.
Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth cub on July 29. He has just opened his eyes, hence the news article. Here are a few facts about pandas you may not know and some cute pictures.
Despite the size of an adult panda, the baby will fit in your hand. Amazing!
Adults pandas weigh from 70 to 125 KG (154.32 – 275.57 pounds) and babies weigh one thousandth the weight of adults and are only 15 CM (5.9 inches) long.
From San Diego Zoo Site
Eyes do not open until the cub is six weeks old
They spend 14 hours a day eating. Aside from bamboo, they also eat branches, leaves, and small mammals.
Pandas only sleep when they feel like it, not like people who must sleep everyday.
The baby stays with the mother for 48 months afterbirth.
Gestation time is 3-5 months and the mother can have up to three cubs, but usually only one survives.
There is only one panda for every 6 million people
Picture from the Bear Project