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Let’s face it, the world has a giant love for giant pandas. The cuddly endangered species are easily the most popular bears on earth, thanks to their unique monotone hide and laid-back nature. Sometimes we wonder if they know that they are almost like superstars, with a huge following of humans creating (and eating) foodstuffs inspired by them, and live streaming cameras allowing people across the globe to watch them like the paparazzi keeping a tab on some Hollywood star.

While we’ve seen videos of the adorable animals enjoying their day in enclosure, the folks in Sichuan province in southwest China have managed to capture rare footage of pandas in the wild for the first time after more than 10 years of observation. Watch this big fuzzy bear do a handstand while he thinks no one’s watching.

The footage was captured by observation cameras installed within a nature reserve in Jiangduyan City. Authorities say that they have been observing the national treasures in their natural habitat since more than a decade ago, back then using automatic infrared cameras to take snapshots of the bears. It was only in recent years that they upgraded their kit to cameras with video recording functions, and this is the first time the pandas’ daily go about was captured on film.

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The first footage, caught on 27 September at 6:51 p.m., showed an adult panda sniffing about a tree, then going ahead to take a pee on the trunk while doing a handstand. The institute director explained that giant pandas generally engage in two types of behavior to mark their territory. Leaving a trace of pee allows fellow species to gauge if the other is a formidable opponent, thus allowing it to decide if it should loiter about on this plot of land. Rubbing its perianal gland on the tree, on the other hand, leaves a scent that’s as good as announcing, “Let’s make some babies!”.

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The second piece of footage, recorded approximately 30 minutes later, caught a younger panda on cam, lazing about as it happily chewed on its favorite food. According to the observations, the giant fur balls in the area tend to feed on bamboo shoots between spring and summer, bamboo stalks in the midst of summer, and bamboo leaves in winter. And here we thought only humans had changing appetites!

▼ Catch them in action!

Source: ETtoday
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