Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:48 pm

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With the recent warm weather, all of the beautiful plants on Zoo grounds are starting to grow and flower. This time of year is especially exciting for the giant pandas (and their animal care team), because it means we are approaching bamboo shoot season! If you live in Georgia or another region where bamboo grows, then you’ve likely spotted these asparagus-like shoots budding out of the ground. They grow very rapidly, with some species having the ability to grow up to 36” in just 24 hours! Here at Zoo Atlanta, our Bamboo Team and the animal care staff harvest these soft shoots as often as we can for the giant pandas. The pandas love them and are very welcoming to the change from the mature bamboo they usually receive. It is hypothesized that the shoots have a higher starch content which makes them more appealing to the pandas. They are also much easier to chew, and with the higher amount of water within them, they fill up the pandas much faster than an older piece of bamboo. The girls received shoots this time last year, but they weren’t very interested in consuming bamboo at the time. This year, we are excited to offer the shoots to those little bamboo-eating machines and see if they take a liking to them just as much as their parents have. If they are anything like Lun Lun and Yang Yang, we’re going to need all hands on deck to keep the shoots coming!
Danica W.
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Cub Xi Lun happily eating boo ~ 4/9/18 ~ click bigger >
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Ya Lun and Xi Lun are bamboo-eating machines just like their mother! Whenever we clean up after their meals, we only find tiny little bits of bamboo left to pick up – we rarely find whole pieces left behind. Additionally, Ya Lun and Xi Lun prefer to eat the large bamboo culms (or stems) like the adults do. Typically, in my experience, sub-adults prefer to eat smaller culms until they grow a bit more and have built up more jaw strength to tear into the larger culms. In fact, I remember taking a photo of the first large culm that Mei Lun and Mei Huan attempted to eat and they were 21 months old at the time. Ya Lun and Xi Lun just turned 19 months old and are already eating the thickest bamboo culms they can find.
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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:47 pm

The Luns Eating Boo Together ~ 4/12/18
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Mama Lun getting her figure back walking all around outside
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Post by queenie » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:20 am

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Lun Lun got to spend some time in our behind-the-scenes habitat recently. As previously mentioned, that habitat has several species of bamboo growing naturally in it, as well as a large pool. Lun Lun spent the day peacefully harvesting her own bamboo. She even took a quick dip in the pool and played briefly with us! That habitat really seems to bring the inner cub out of Lun.
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Post by queenie » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:03 pm

A S'Cap of Daddy Yang to show how much bigger he is on the hammock structure
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Little Luns
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Post by queenie » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:28 pm

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Since it’s now been more than a month since the twins were weaned, we have started testing the waters with regards to having mom and offspring near each other. Eventually we will be able to house them next door to each other, but for now we wanted to see how they would react being in an area that smelled like each other. Lun Lun wasn’t thrilled about being somewhere “new,” but she didn’t seem to mind the dayrooms smelling like her offspring. Similarly, the twins did not mind being in the outdoor habitat that smelled like their mom. These are good signs that reassure us that the twins have become fully independent subadults, and that Lun Lun is treating their presence as she would like any other giant panda. Within the coming weeks we will trying housing Lun Lun in one dayroom with the twins in the other dayroom and gauge their reactions. This will let us know when we can also start housing them next to each other outside.
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for both Ya Lun & Xi Lun, on their new steps ^ {in update} on the road to maturity in weaning from Mama Lun {with Ya Lun having always been Mama's shadow, maybe more :chin: but really B O T H the same & for all the P R O S continuing to help/guide/encourage them on their way! > to :cloud9: }
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Post by queenie » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:06 pm

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The giant panda hammock is back! Remember that hammock that was purchased a while back? It didn’t last too long in the dayroom before the weight of giant pandas and the twins’ roughhousing got the better of it! Thankfully the company who supplied the hammock was more than willing to help us out by creating different attachment points that can hopefully take a little more of a beating. So you should see its reappearance very soon! Creating enrichment for wild animals can be challenging because it needs to be durable, safe and, in many cases, natural looking. The Zoo does its best to keep the animals in as close to natural habitats as we can. Since the pandas’ dayrooms are indoors, we have the ability to have a hammock in there. But the pandas’ outdoor habitats remain as naturalistic as possible. Keep your fingers crossed :luck: that the hammock v2.0 will be a keeper!
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Post by queenie » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:19 pm

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Did you know Volunteers have been a part of Zoo Atlanta for more than 30 years? Last year, we had 236 Volunteers with more than 80 hours of service each! Check out today's Volunteer Takeover Tuesday on Facebook and Instagram! National Volunteer Week
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This week is National Volunteer Week, so today’s Takeover Tuesday is going to be all about our wonderful Volunteers and Volunteens! Go check it out on our Facebook page or Instagram!
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Post by queenie » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:18 pm

The Little Luns Are Outside :rh: :pan: and Ya Lun goes to take some of the Xi Lun's boo :ohmy:
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Post by queenie » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:48 pm

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One of the giant pandas’ favorite enrichment items is a 50-gallon drum that we have cut in half length-wise. All of the giant pandas have used these in various ways. They can serve as a surface to recline against while eating bamboo. We can hide biscuits/produce in or underneath them. The youngsters love playing in them! Since the bottom is rounded, they can rock back and forth, and the giant pandas love that. I’ve even seen the cubs and sub-adults sleeping in them. It’s such a simple, yet highly effective, item to offer our pandas to enhance their day. Check out a video on our social media networks!
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Post by queenie » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:26 pm

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Before all the recent stormy weather rolled in, we had some great, warm days here at Zoo Atlanta. It was the perfect time to use our behind-the-scenes habitat to give Yang Yang some extra room while he is displaying some of his breeding walking behavior. The giant pandas here at Zoo Atlanta love to play in water, but typically only during breeding season. The other day, we went to take Idgie some fresh bamboo while we thought Yang Yang was enjoying an afternoon nap. Shortly after we arrived at Idgie’s habitat, we heard a bunch of splashing coming from Yang Yang’s direction, and looked over to find him playing in his pool. Check out the video on our social media pages!
Now you might be wondering why the giant pandas go inside their indoor habitats when it’s raining if they seem to enjoy water so much. Well, this is just one of the examples of how animal care teams observe the animals they care for and note their behavior in different environments. The pandas here at Zoo Atlanta don’t appear to particularly enjoy the rain, which is why we provide them with temperature-controlled areas where they can enjoy their bamboo, find a good place for a nap, and listen to the rain hit the skylights while staying dry.
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ZA :vid: 15 second Yang splashing in pool https://www.facebook.com/ZooATL/videos/ ... 250238553/
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Post by queenie » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:52 pm

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Recently, we changed and added a few new logs to the hammock dayroom’s structure. We are constantly trying to change and improve the giant pandas’ environments, and by adding new logs, we add new climbing and resting opportunities as well as new smells. So far Yang Yang is the only one who has had a chance to explore the new logs, although not surprisingly, he was more interested in his bamboo shoots.
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Post by queenie » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:04 pm

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Have you ever wondered why it sometimes takes the giant pandas a little longer than usual before they are out in their habitats in the morning? One of the possible reasons is that they may be passing a mucous stool or mucoid. Mucous stools are not an uncommon occurrence with giant pandas. Scientists aren’t sure why it occurs, but every so often giant pandas (and red pandas) will shed the mucus lining of their gut and pass that mucus-taffy-like lining through their intestinal tract. This behavior has also been documented in wild giant pandas, so we know it’s normal. When a giant panda passes a mucous stool, the whole process usually takes about six hours. We know this from previous research studies where we’ve determined what enters the stomach comes out the other end about six hours later! When giant pandas (and red pandas) pass mucous stools, they sleep a little longer and aren’t interested in doing much. Once the panda has passed a mucous stool, they will quickly return to their normal behaviors of eating, sleeping, and playing. We do not see mucous stools in cubs, as their diet is mainly mother’s milk, but we start to see them with sub-adults once their diet becomes almost exclusively bamboo. That all being said, Ya Lun has reached another “milestone,” because yesterday she passed her first mucous stool. Moral of the story: If you hear from one of our wonderful Docents or Volunteers that one of the pandas is “sleeping in,” now you know what may be going on! Give it a little time and check back, because that panda will soon be up and eating fresh bamboo, waiting for your visit!
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Luns Around the Den
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Post by queenie » Thu May 03, 2018 7:32 pm

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Ever since I changed job titles and moved out of the animal areas and into the Administration Building, I don’t get to spend nearly as much time with the animals as I used to. I try and get to all the mammal areas to see the animals as much as I can, but there is always so much to do, and I can’t get there as much as I want. Due to this, some of the animals simply aren’t used to me coming to see them every day anymore, and some of them become shy when I arrive. This is the same behavior that they show when they are around newer people. This is not the case with Yang Yang, however. Whenever I am able to make it down to giant pandas to work the routine with the care team, or am just simply checking in, Yang Yang is always there to say “hello.”
Today was one of those days. I arrived early in the morning to lend a hand with the morning’s activities, and when I made it back to Yang Yang, he was up and waiting. Just by looking at him, I knew from experience that he was in a playful mood. All Yang Yang wanted to do this morning was play. It was just like old times. We started with a game of follow-the-leader, panda style, and after he tired of that we finished it up with a nice long tug-of-war.
Unlike some of the other care team members, I do not let him win. I don’t win every time, but I have won my share. Regardless of who wins, I do know that I have always spent more energy than he has. It may be him who actually lets me win at times to keep me engaged. Who knows with this guy. I wouldn’t put it past him. I guess I should include that all of these play activities are always done with a mesh barrier between us. We are never actually in the same space with Yang Yang or the other pandas when they would like to play. That would not be a fun game. The tug-of-war match today ended in what I would call a draw. Yang Yang actually bit the rope in half, effectively ending the game. After a bit of hard play, there is nothing better than a nice treat to help you relax. I went back to the cooler and grabbed him the largest shoot that I could find, and he was more than happy to accept it. It always makes me smile when I see that look of sheer contentment on his face after a good match. I am sure that if I had a mirror at the time, his look of contentment would probably reflect my own.
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Post by queenie » Sat May 05, 2018 8:08 pm

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Ya Lun, Xi Lun and Lun Lun have moved to the next step since Ya Lun and Xi Lun were weaned two months ago. They can now be housed next to each other during the day. Even if the twins or Lun Lun vocalize, the other shows no reaction. This further shows us that the cubs are growing up!
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Our Big Girls ~ Weaned 2 Mos. Ago & Proud of Gr8 Mama Lun Too :hooray: :hug:
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Post by queenie » Mon May 07, 2018 9:21 pm

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I know we just had a giant panda update about Yang Yang, but with how playful he has been recently, it’s hard not to write about him every day! Lun Lun spent the majority of yesterday afternoon sleeping, and the girls munched down a bunch of bamboo shoots yesterday morning, so they also spent most of the day napping. As always, the best piece of bamboo (or shoot) in their habitat is the one their sister already has, so they wore themselves out wrestling as well.
Yang Yang was up when I arrived, and when I went near his den to tell him good morning, he jumped up, grabbed his pseudothumb in his mouth, and shook his head back and forth. In Yang Yang language, that means he wants to play! After reading Kenn’s recent update, I was hopeful Yang Yang would still be in a playful mood when I was in the giant panda building this week. We spent a good bit of time playing chase, peek-a-boo, and tug-of-war (all with a protective barrier between us, of course) while the lady pandas slept in. For some different play, we also created a very light mist of water in Yang Yang’s den, and opened up the door to a neighboring area so he could choose to go away from the water easily if he wanted to. We were happy to see that Yang Yang loved the mist and immediately began self-anointing in the water. Once he had enough of that, we got out the bubble machine, and he had a good time chasing bubbles and popping them in his mouth. These play sessions with Yang Yang are one of my absolute favorite parts of my job. I’m telling you, nothing puts a smile on your face quite like starting your Monday off with that goofball.
It was safe to say that Yang Yang was ready for a snack and a long nap after his playful morning. He was pretty worn out!
Danica W.
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From ZA Facebook ~ Photo & Some Comments >
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Karen Strickland Yang always puts a smile on my face, whether he’s eating, sleeping or turning flips. 😁 Thanks for this fun update, Danica!

Jeanette Deines Love this update! He is still so playful and interactive!! 😍🐼😍

Patty Tomolonis I would love to see a video of that interaction!! Once time they did post a short video of tug of war and it was adorable!!
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5/4/18 za ~ Xi Lun Down Rest-Eating :cloud9: & Ya Lun Up Rest-Sleeping :offtobed:
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Post by queenie » Wed May 09, 2018 4:07 pm

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Ya Lun and Xi Lun took a long time to become comfortable with being outside when they were still with Mom. Because of this, they had not yet had a chance to explore Habitat 2 (the bigger outdoor area) …until now!
Since being weaned, they have really enjoyed being outside in Habitat 1, so we decided to let them explore Habitat 2. We shifted them through a “tunnel” in the back of the building that all pandas walk through to get to Habitat 2. This was a brand-new space for them, so we expected lots of sniffing and a little bit of hesitancy. Xi Lun, the more timid of the two, took quite a bit of coaxing to go through the tunnel and into the habitat, where she was even more timid. Eventually, after about 10 minutes, she settled down and started eating some bamboo shoots. Her sister, on the other hand, had zero problem walking through the tunnel and exploring every inch of the outdoor space! She is known for being more bold and adventurous. She even made some pit-stops to eat bamboo shoots and decided to carry a piece around in her mouth as she explored!
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Post by queenie » Fri May 11, 2018 8:44 pm

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Right now is the peak of bamboo shoot season. We are feeding Yang Yang, Lun Lun, Ya Lun and Xi Lun almost exclusively bamboo shoots! During shoot season, wild giant pandas only consume bamboo shoots, and can eat up to 80 pounds of them per day. Bamboo shoots are dense and packed with nutrition. We primarily feed shoots from the species Henon (Pyllostachys nigra ‘henon’), which you can see has filled up our bamboo cooler. Because the giant pandas do not eat the adult Henon bamboo very well, we can harvest the shoots instead. We do not want to harvest bamboo shoots of bamboo that the pandas eat regularly, because we need that bamboo to mature to feed the pandas in future years. Sadly, shoot season doesn’t last long, but the pandas sure do enjoy it while it lasts!
Heather R.
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Post by queenie » Sun May 20, 2018 9:49 pm

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Where did this heat come from? I thought it was still spring for a little longer, but Georgia seems to have other plans. As we have mentioned before, giant pandas are built to handle the cold more than the heat. Luckily, we have to two indoor, climate-controlled spaces and a nice, air-conditioned behind-the-scenes space for them to keep cool. We try to rotate who spends the day behind-the-scenes, however. Yang Yang seems to enjoy it more so than the others, so he tends to get a few extra days back there each week. While behind-the-scenes, the pandas are seeing us even more often as we are constantly walking back and forth in front of them, so naturally, we talk to them and usually offer a few of their leafeater biscuits. Don’t tell the pandas, ;) but they are getting the same amount of leafeater biscuits, regardless of whether they are in the dayrooms or behind-the-scenes. :grlol;
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5/21/18 ~ My Dear Friend Come To Me ~ 6.15 min.
Ya Lun is resting on the triangle-structure, while Xi Lun is wandering around the den out of cam view. Xi comes into view and heads through the open gate, and visits Keepers in the back room (maybe wanting some extra treats like the last ZA update said). She goes in and out a couple times while Ya periodically keeps an eye on her, and Xi goes to treat-window back in the den and even tries to climb in through it (raising her hind leg up to it) ~ she's a spunky girl! When they close the gate with Xi on the other side of it ~ this gets Ya's attention she is shut-out, alone, and so she slowly starts down the structure to follow Xi Lun, (it was time for the den-change).
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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Tue May 22, 2018 5:25 pm

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Erin Day
May 21, 2018
Hello from Panda Land! While I got to spend some time with the giant pandas one day last week, it had been a while before that since I last worked this routine. Not only are Xi Lun and Ya Lun fully weaned, but we are also in the heart of bamboo shoot season. On top of that, we have new animal care interns starting to train in our areas. Added all up, it was a bit of a different (but rather nice) day! While Yang Yang wasn’t so sure about the shoots we offered him this morning, all of the ladies were content to eat and sleep the morning away. I’ve been a bit spoiled in much of my time in the giant panda area in that mostly the interns I’ve worked with have been previously trained by the primary giant panda care team. They know what they’re doing and jump in where needed. Today I got to show our new intern the ropes on her first day, and while I’ve done that for more interns than I can count in the carnivore area, this was a first for me here. While I know the primary team will definitely have more detailed information for her, our new intern and I had a good day while we cleaned, prepared diets, and weighed out a whole bunch of bamboo shoots. With a visit to see Idgie the red panda rounding out the afternoon, I think we had a pretty successful day.
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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Tue May 29, 2018 10:34 am

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Shauna D
May 25, 2018
All is pretty status quo with the giant pandas. We are still feeding them exclusively bamboo shoots, which makes for some fat and happy pandas. Yang Yang is hanging out around the 135-140 kilogram (297-308 pounds) mark. Lun Lun is hovering around the 110-115 kilogram (242-253 pounds) mark. The twins are around 46-49 kilograms, or 101.2-107.8 pounds, with Ya Lun being the heavier of the two.
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Jen W
May 23, 2018
When it comes to bamboo shoots, the twins are 100 percent their mother’s daughters! These two have bottomless pits for stomachs when it comes to shoots! They literally ate for eight hours straight the other day before they fell asleep. Of course what comes in must come out later, so they’re leaving quite the mess for us to clean up as well. Sub-adult giant pandas are well-known for being less picky with their food, likely because they’re still growing and need all the calories they can get. These girls, however, take it to a whole new level! That being said, we sure are happy all of the-black-and-white bears are enjoying bamboo shoot season!
Jen W.
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Post by queenie » Tue May 29, 2018 8:46 pm

Little Luns Today Around the Den :huggie:
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Post by queenie » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:17 am

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One of my favorite things about giant pandas is the fact that the more uncomfortable they look, the more comfortable they actually are! One of the best examples is when the pandas sleep. The twins are known for perching themselves in such awkward positions on the climbing structures that look anything but comfortable. Yet they will remain in that position for the duration of their nap! The adults are equally as quirky, but seeing as how they are much bigger, those awkward positions are usually on the ground. Yang Yang loves to squish himself between objects, like a log and the viewing windows of the dayrooms, or the side of his platform scale (permanent fixture in two of our night dens) and a wall. He has ample space available to him, yet he prefers to get all cozy in a corner. Side note: The giant pandas don’t like haybeds! We offer them on occasion, but they merely push the offending material out of the way and sleep on the cool floor. They are truly unique creatures of habit! (Pictured is Lun Lun, thinking about a nap …)
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Post by queenie » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:29 pm

6/6/18~Ya Lun Eating Boo, & then Goes to Sleep Under Boo(other-Xi Lun under her asleep on the ground), & then Xi Lun Joins Her Up There :offtobed: :rh: :huggie: (still about update ^ above =how some positions that look uncomfortable, like under boo stalks are the most comfy for them)
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Erin Day
June 8, 2018
Bamboo shoot season is coming to a close, and I’m glad I was scheduled in the giant panda area once more before it disappears and it’s back to regular bamboo for the pandas. I’m still getting the hang of figuring out all the different species of bamboo, so feeding out so many shoots made the routine easier for me. The adult pandas have been getting a bit pickier about eating the shoots, but we had a fairly good day the other day. I got to close the area and have a little quiet time with the giant pandas at the end of the day.
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Post by queenie » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:55 pm

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One of the giant pandas’ favorite non-food enrichment items are various scents. We have tried many smelly substances over the years. Some scents elicit no response, but we have found quite a few that the pandas respond to every time we offer them. Any scents offered to the giant pandas (and to all other species at the Zoo) are of course pre-approved first by our Veterinary Team as being safe for use.
When the giant pandas enjoy a scent, they like to roll in it and rub it on themselves. We call this behavior “self-anointing.” Many of these scents are well-known among our panda’ fans – cinnamon, vanilla extract, Tabasco sauce – but others may be a surprise. The giant pandas also enjoy the scents of isopropyl alcohol, white vinegar, and allspice. Here you can see Yang Yang’s reaction when he discovered some Tabasco on his weeble.
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https://twitter.com/i/status/1006280067213905920 41 seconds of Yang anointing himself on a weeble ball :grlol;
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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by JudyB » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:07 pm

Wonderful reports and pictures - thanks so much, queenie!

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Post by queenie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:32 pm

:wave: Judy :ty: They are all such characters, hope I get to see these adorable twins before too long at the zoo, and been missing Daddy Yang & Mama Lun too :rh:
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Post by queenie » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:55 am

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Shauna D
June 13, 2018
Well, it’s official. Bamboo shoot season is over. With the end of shoot season comes the transition back to adult bamboo. Going from shoots that are much more nutritious and desirable to adult bamboo is always a tough transition for everyone involved. Starting at our fantastic Bamboo Team who now have to search all around North Georgia for stands of bamboo that meet the giant pandas’ strict standards. All the way to the pandas who don’t seem to understand that shoots are only available for a limited amount of time. During this transition stage we can do a number of things to encourage eating, including increasing the frequency that they are fed. In a few days, when the transition is complete, the pandas will forget all about shoots and will be eating bamboo like champs again.
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Post by queenie » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:32 am

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As expected, the giant pandas accepted that bamboo shoot season was over and settled down and became satisfied with “regular bamboo.” The twins took the longest to start liking regular bamboo, but now everyone is finally content. Whew!
We knew bamboo shoot season would end, of course, because it’s only one short season a year. The first few days of transitioning back to regular bamboo are always a bit challenging, because the pandas don’t understand that we’re out of the delicious shoots. But after about a week, they settle down with a species or two of bamboo. During this transition, we make good use of our “bamboo” cue, by which we ask the bears to take a bite of bamboo for a leafeater biscuit. It’s one way to ensure that they’re eating their natural diet.
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