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Adventure World Shirahama hero panda mother Mei Mei’s mother

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Su Su, born approximately in 1983 and captured in Mabian on 16 May 1986, now lives in Chengdu Zoo, Chengdu, China, where she is well-cared for. She is blind in one eye.


From a distance …


Closer …


Closer still …


Closest I can get from the glass window with my 24X zoom Panasonic Lumxi FZ-100

Thanks to Leo uu for letting me know where Su Su is living. I braved Chengdu’s massive traffic jams and roadworks to visit her this morning on the last day of my current trip to China.

Three Pandas

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This trip to Bifengxia Panda Base, I’ve focused on just three pandas – my two adopted pandas, and the two pandas coming to Malaysia.

Wait … that’s four pandas, not three. Well, there’s an overlap. Feng Yi, one of my two adopted pandas, is also one of the two pandas coming to Malaysia.

Today was the last day of this trip, and I went to visit Feng Yi in the morning, and Gong Zhu in the afternoon. Fu Wa, Feng Yi’s neighbour, was included in the morning visit.

Feng Yi, adopted panda coming to Malaysia


The keeper told her, “only one piece of wowotou!”
She replied, “one piece here … ” (pointing to one palm) and “one piece here … ” (pointing to the other palm)

Fu Wa and Feng Yi at the howdy fence


It was a treat to see them interacting from Feng Yi’s side of the fence, altho she was walking away in this photo

Fu Wa, panda coming to Malaysia


Looking a little lost here, as if wondering, “where did she go?”

Gong Zhu, adopted panda


Pausing in her ‘booing to give me a bye-bye smile

Giant panda dental hygiene?

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Feng Yi looks like she’s flossing. Bamboo floss?

(Photo taken in Bai Xiong Ping [White Bear Plain], Bifengxia Panda Base, on 1 October 2012)

Panda house open in NE China

Filed in News, Stress Busters

I went away to Emeishan to visit giant pandas Zhen Zhen, Ge Ge and Min Min for four days and returned to Bifengxia to find some giant pandas have been sent out on loan to various zoos or parks around China, and two keeper friends sent to accompany them on their flights and look after them there.

I knew about one of the transfers, but not the other one. This is the transfer I knew about, but the “breeder” shown on the fourth page is not her.

Panda house opens in NE China

There were two other panda transfers during this same trip and all have been completed while I am still here.

Place
Dalian

Pandas (from Bifengxia Panda Base)
Jin Hu (born 2010)
Fei Yun (born 2010)
Cai Zhen (born 2010)

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Place
Nanyang City, Henan Province

Panda (from Shanghai Zoo, previous place of loan)
Peng Peng (born 1999)

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Place
Hangzhou

Pandas (from Bifengxia Panda Base)
Li Li (born 2005)
Shan Hu (born 2010)
Hu Xiao (born 2010)

Note
Li Li and Shan Hu are siblings; their mother is Gong Zhu, my adopted panda

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Place
Nanjing

Pandas (from Bifengxia Panda Base)
Qing Shan (born 2010)
Zhao Yang (born 2010)

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Related Post
Three panda cubs moved from Bifengxia to Dalian

“Remembering a panda cub we barely knew”

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Sad news from The National Zoo, Washington, DC:
The giant panda cub born to Mei Xiang on 16 September 2012 has died.

From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s website:

“SEPTEMBER 23
We are brokenhearted to share that we have lost our little giant panda cub. Panda keepers and volunteers heard Mei Xiang make a distress vocalization at 9:17 a.m. and let the veterinarian staff know immediately. They turned off the panda cam and were able to safely retrieve the cub for an evaluation at 10:22 a.m., which we only do in situations of gravest concern. The veterinarians immediately performed CPR and other life-saving measures, but sadly the cub was unresponsive. We’ll have more updates as we learn more, but right now we know is that the cub weighed just under 100 grams and that there was no outward sign of trauma or infection. We’ll share information with you as we learn more.”

Amidst the various articles resulting from the official announcement was this reflection on the cub’s death:

Remembering a panda cub we barely knew

And in the piece, this paragraph stood out:

One detail was especially sorrowful: It was Mei Xiang’s “distress vocalization” that prompted keepers to check on the newborn. She knew something was wrong.