Giant Panda Released In China After Learning To Live In Wild

Giant Panda Released In China
Giant panda Hua Jiao was released into the wild Thursday in China. Newsflare video screenshot
CHENGDU, China, Nov. 20 (UPI) ─ Chinese panda conservation officials said a giant panda born at a training center has been released after learning to care for herself in the wild.
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The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda announced Hua Jiao, a 2-year-old female giant panda, was released into the Lipingzi Nature Reserve after undergoing a physical examination, being implanted with an ID chip and being fitted with a GPS collar.
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The panda was born at a semi-wild training center in Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province, where she was trained by her mother how to survive in the wild. Trainers said Hua Jiao learned to hide from humans and distinguish other giant pandas from the natural enemies of the species.
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Hua Jiao is the fifth artificially bred panda to be released into the wild in China. Her brother, Tao Tao, was released into the same reserve in 2012.

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“Tao Tao is doing well. We wish Hua Jiao the same luck,” Huang Yan, CCRCGP deputy chief engineer and head of the wilderness-training program, told China’s state-run Xinhua news agency.

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“In addition to the inevitable threats from natural enemies such as bears, leopards and wolves, our top concerns are that Hua Jia is accepted by the local wild panda group and breeds successfully.”

 

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