Special biscuits to save giant pandas

FOR YOU:A veterinarian playing with a giant panda cub at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre in Sichuan.With the natural bamboo forests disappearing rapidly due to economic development,giant pandas are facing a growing threat to their survival in the wild.- Reuterspic

THE country’s first production line making biscuits for giant pandas, a rare species on the verge of extinction, has begun at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre in south-west China’s Sichuan province.  

It makes biscuits in eight shapes including a 15cm variety similar to the shape of bamboo, the giant panda’s favourite staple food.  

Compared with real bamboo, the biscuits contain lots of micro-elements, vitamins and other ingredients needed by the pandas, said Yu Jianqiu, a research fellow and deputy director at the centre.  

The fibre content of the biscuit is up to 30%.  

The special biscuits are designed for giant pandas in captivity as many of them suffer from malnutrition and an imbalanced diet. 

Thirty-odd pandas at the base are being fed the biscuits and they seem to find the food irresistible. – China Daily 

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