Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 14
Many people ask us if Yang Yang ever interacts with the cubs. Yang Yang never shares a direct space with the cubs, but he often hears, smells, or sees them in adjacent dens as he passes by. This is completely normal and natural behavior. In the wild, adult male pandas do not participate in the care of their offspring. Despite not physically interacting with one another, the cubs have certain characteristics that remind me very much of their Dad. I see these similarities particularly in Ya Lun and her behavior and sleeping habits. Ya Lun is very much like Yang Yang in that she loves to interact with her keepers and is very playful. She also prefers red leafeater biscuits over brown, and can often be found sleeping belly-up on the structure. These are the first cubs I have worked with, and it is also fun to hear keepers compare them to their older brothers and sisters who are now living in China. Xi Lun is still a bit more reserved, so it will be exciting to see which parent or sibling she is most like as she comes out of her shell.
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