Nature's wonder: Rare deer spotted in China's Yunnan; baby pandas unveiled at Shaanxi Province


KUNMING, Jan 15 (Xinhua): Two rare deer, a male and a female, were spotted in a nature reserve located in Changning County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, according to local authorities.

The male forest musk deer was captured by an infrared camera at around 3am on Dec 30, 2020, the authorities said, adding that staff at the reserve also found footage of a female forest musk deer while reorganizing the videos.

This is the first time the rare species was filmed in the reserve.

The forest musk deer are timid in nature and only live in areas with excellent environment and few human activities, said Yang Bin, director of the reserve, adding that their presence indicates a continued ecological improvement in the region.

Forest musk deer are under national first-class protection and are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list. There are 4,000 to 4,500 forest musk deer living in the wild.

Meanwhile, a giant panda breeding base in northwest China's Shaanxi Province is inviting the public to give names for four panda cubs that were born last year.

Members of the public can send their suggestions via email to rcqgpanda@qq.com before Jan. 31, 2021, with the final names being unveiled in early February, said the Qinling panda breeding and research center.

Participants of the campaign will have the opportunity to interact with the pandas in the center at close range.

In 2020, four panda cubs were born in the center, including twin cubs. The mother of the twins, Qinqin, was born in 2013 and is the first giant panda reared in captivity at the center.

Giant pandas are one of the world's most endangered species and live mainly in the mountains of northern Sichuan Province, as well as in southern parts of Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. - Xinhua
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