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Keeper tickles sweet baby panda while encouraging it to walk

February 4th, 2020

The world is filled with many different species of bears. But perhaps one of the cutest is the Panda. Their round belly combined with black fur that covers their legs and around their eyes makes them look so cuddly. These bears hail from central China where they live in dense bamboo forests.

For the most part, Pandas eat fruits and vegetables with bamboo accounting for roughly 99 percent of their diet. But on rare occasions, they will consume fish and smaller animals. Regardless, they eat a lot. Because they’re so adorable, the Panda is a popular addition to zoos.

When properly cared for, they can live in captivity for up to 30 years. It’s also common for zoo experts to breed the Panda. At birth, they’re pink and wrinkly. But over time, their fur begins to grow, revealing the distinctive markings. At one zoo in China, a young Panda needed a little help, which he got in an unusual way.

Caring for this little one.

The video begins with one of the keepers trying to get a baby Panda to walk toward them. Considering this little bear is still so young, he hasn’t quite figured out how to maneuver his four legs. So, instead of the Panda walking toward the keeper, they approach him.

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This zookeeper was super loving and gentle.

As the keeper approaches the Panda, they kneel down and gently stroke the little guy’s head. It was all so sweet. The entire time, this individual spoke to the bear while trying to encourage him to walk. Unfortunately, the video is in Chinese so we don’t know what the keeper says but you can har how patient they are.

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Not spoiled at all.

For several minutes, the keeper continues stroking and petting the Panda. The look on its little face says it all. This precious bear is loving every second of it. No wonder he doesn’t want to walk. All he has to do is look cute and he’ll get tons of loving.

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This bear isn’t budging.

Still unable to walk, the keeper picks the baby Panda up and sets him down on the walkway. Although they’re still trying to prompt him to stand up and move, he’s just not ready for that responsibility yet. He’s perfectly comfortable where he is and doesn’t have any interest in learning to walk on this particular day.

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He takes a tiny step.

Still encouraging the Panda to walk, the keeper backs away. Then after looking around, the bear takes one small step. But just as soon as he does, he plops back down. At this age, his legs aren’t strong enough to hold his pudgy body.

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Time to switch tactics.

At one point, the keeper again picks the bear up but this time, she places him on his back. I’m sure he’s loving those belly rubs. Without success, a second keeper walks into the Panda’s enclosure. She then tickles the bear’s feet. For a brief moment, he stands while attempting to put one foot in front of the other. But then plops back down.

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You have to give these people a lot of credit. Although the Panda isn’t ready to walk, it’s amazing to watch their interaction with this beautiful creature. As the bear gets older and gains more strength, he’ll be up and around. At that time, he’ll keep his caretakers very busy. These keepers have one of the best jobs ever.

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