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Panda Updates – Monday, March 9

The Panda Care Team sometimes gets asked how to tell Ya Lun and Xi Lun apart from each other. They both have some unique physical traits, but they also have very different personalities, and I thought I’d share some of those differences so that if you’re ever at the Zoo, on our social media networks, or tuned into PandaCam you can figure out who it is! Some distinguishing features from panda to panda are determined by their saddle – the black fur that goes across their shoulders – as well as their eye patches. I think the easiest physical feature to go by when looking at both girls is that Xi Lun has the more “cat-eye” eye patch compared to her sister. As far as personalities go, if you see someone flinging herself off the top of the structure into the hammock onto the other, it’s definitely Ya Lun. Xi Lun is usually on the ground, attempting to run away, but never attempts her sister’s WWE throw-down moves. Also, when we are moving the girls from a behind-the-scenes space into a dayroom or outdoor habitat, Xi Lun typically goes to a pile of bamboo and starts eating right away, while her sister always goes for the leafeater biscuits first. 
Amanda D.
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