Costumed pandas invade Trafalgar Square and the Underground in central London to celebrate the launch of Panda Awareness Week.
OF COURSE I MEANT PANDA AT THE DISCO, THANK YOU!
Tian Tian exercising his artistic abilities at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have a new hobby: painting! As part of the behavioral enrichment program, keepers have started painting with the pandas. Only non-toxic paints are used (the same ones that preschoolers use for finger-painting) so they are safe for the animals.
Tian Tian painted extensively on Sunday, and after he was done, even used the paint to “scent anoint”. Pandas will often rub a particularly appealing scent around their ears. Visitors have probably seen Mei Xiang scent anointing with old branches and bark outside. The paints seem to be just as exciting for the pandas when it comes to scent anointing! To keep things interesting for the pandas, painting will just be another type of enrichment that will be used on a rotating basis. If they painted every day, it wouldn’t be as novel or interesting. So look closely at the pandas in the future—you may just see a small smudge of green or blue paint, amongst the black and white fur! When you see that, you’ll know that they’ve recently been practicing their art.
I WANT THAT PAINTING
THEN I’D HANG IT IN MY LIVING ROOM
AND WHEN PEOPLE ASK ABOUT IT I’D SAY
“IT WAS PAINTED BY A PANDA”
A scared panda clings to a police officer’s leg after an earthquake hits China.