Pretty Pictures: Baby Pandas in China

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Today I’d like to share an image that I am obsessed with. About eight or nine years ago, The Guardian featured an article about the work China was doing to encourage pandas to reproduce, and it featured quite a few images of their facility. I cut out this image and had it on my fridge for a few years. When we moved to Canada, it was packed up and disappeared. I was thinking about it a few weeks ago when my son and I were looking for Youtube videos of baby pandas, and then suddenly my husband found it.

So here it is! I just love what is going on with this photo. There are a bunch of baby pandas napping in the playpen, one is in an incubator, another is playing with a weird piece of machinery. The mischievous one is going through some files in a drawer, and most of the ones who are trying to escape have gotten lazy and are taking a nap. Meanwhile, there is a man who is weighing or measuring one of the baby bears. What an amazing job! How could you not be happy all day, surrounded by these lovely little fuzzy babies?

I could – and have – spent hours staring at this photo, imagining the scene in motion and regretting not having visited this facility when I was a few hours away during a trip to China many years ago. I’m thrilled that the Chinese have had such great success with their panda breeding program. And I am obsessed with these lazy little bears. Happy Friday!

  • Lisa Wong

    I love how they’re all flopped over on the floor.

    Have you seen the photo of the researchers holding baby pandas in their laps, lined up for a “family portrait”? That’s the one I always get a kick out of, because every person has a grin from ear to ear and the baby pandas look like stuffed toys.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    No, I need the link!!!! Send the link!!!! I’m obsessed with these little guys.

  • Lisa Wong
  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    That’s amazing. I want that job!

  • Ona_in_Barcelona

    ARGH the one looking through the drawer kills me!!!

    I went to the panda sanctuary in Chengdu a few years ago. The little baby pandas were soooo cute, I could barely tear myself away.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m jealous. I wish I had gone, we were a 5 hour drive away, but there were problems with the roads because of a recent earthquake so we didn’t end up going. I would kill to snuggle with one of those little things.

  • Sunny

    Warms my heart. My parents were in China earlier this year and visited a baby panda breeding place :) Cuteness over load.