Skip to comments.Giant Pandas Receive Counselling After 7.0 Magnitude Sichuan Earthquake
Posted on 05/01/2013 12:05:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook southwest Chinas Sichuan province on April 21 traumatized its giant panda population, reported the state-run Xinhua agency.
No deaths or injuries of pandas have been reported at the Bifengxia Panda base, located 50 km away from the quake epicenter in Longmen county, Yaan city, is home to 61 members of the endangered species. Nearly half of them were moved here from the Wolong Natural Reserve five years ago after a 8.0 magnitude quake there.
According to video footage, when the quake occurred at 8.02 a.m. Saturday, the pandas were stunned; some later climbed onto trees while others fled, said Heng Yi, a spokesman with the base.
Those daring ones remained calm, while the timid ones suffered from shock, he said, adding the pandas would need extra care and even psychological therapy.
To ease their tensions, breeders provided an ample supply of food for the pandas, and played with the young cubs, said a director in charge of animal management of the base.
On Tuesday, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) reported that the giant panda habitats near the epicenter of the quake suffered only minor effects from the natural disaster.
Aerial remote sensing images showed that the scale of landslides triggered by the quake in Baoxing County only caused minor damage to the Bifengxia Panda Base.
Yaan holds about 4,700 square km of giant panda habitats, accounting for 30 percent of its total area. According to the CAS, a total of 3,693 square km, or nearly 80 percent of panda habitats in Yaan, had been moderately affected by the quake.
First its the Rhinos and now the pandas need love.
Oh what will we do?
Maybe we can put them on Social Security disability?
Pandas just seem to be one of those species whose time on Earth is up.
Quick, send the pandas some US tax dollars!
Pablo Sandoval needs help?
He hit the game winning home run yesterday against the Diamondbacks.
I am he can pay someone to help him if he needs it.
Oops maybe I should read the article first.
Well Panda, How’s that working for you?