Rare white panda’s activities monitored by researchers

Rare find: The white panda at the Wolong National Nature Reserve. — Xinhua

THE latest findings about a rarely seen white giant panda have been revealed, including its gender, habitat and activities, said the management bureau of the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan province.

A DNA test confirmed that the white giant panda is male and video clips from infrared cameras showed that it interacts well with other bears.

A dedicated research team was formed in Wolong and has conducted tracking and monitoring for four years since the unique panda’s sighting was released in May 2019. Footage captured by infrared cameras has amazed experts and shed light on the behavior of giant pandas.

Li Sheng, a researcher at Peking University’s School of Life Sciences, said that despite its distinctive appearance, the white giant panda’s interactions and social behaviour do not appear to be compromised.

“The goal is to find out if there are other giant pandas keeping company with the white one in the area,” he said. — China Daily/ANN

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