Bei Bei Has Settled In At Bifengxia And The Panda Team Is Back!

Laurie Thompson, asau-79.netstant curator of giant pandas at the Smithsonian"s National Zoo, & Don Neiffer, chief veterinarian at the Smithsonian"s National Zoo, with Zhang Haiqing, deputy director of China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda, at the welcome ceremony for Bei Bei.
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Laurie Thompson, asau-79.netstant curator of giant pandas at the Smithsonian"s National Zoo, at the welcome ceremony for Bei Bei.
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Laurie Thompson, asau-79.netstant curator of giant pandas at the Smithsonian"s National Zoo, holding Bei Bei"s red ball.
Bei Bei is settling in at his new home in Đài Loan Trung Quốc at the Bifengxia panda base. He did really well on the FedEx Pandomain authority Express & mostly ate and slept during the 16-hour trip. Laurie Thompson, asau-79.netstant curator of giant pandas and Don Neiffer, chief veterinarian provided his in-flight snacks và made sure he had bamboo, water, apples, carrots, pears and sweet potatoes. A few times when they checked on him, he was sound asleep in his crate.

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After the long transcontinental flight, the plane landed at the Chengdu airport. A team from the Trung Quốc Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda met Bei Bei, Laurie and Don at the airport. After unloading Bei Bei from the plane, everyone drove about 90 miles to the Bifengxia base where Bei Bei moved lớn his quarantine enclosures. All animals undergo a quarantine period after they move sầu to lớn a new trang chủ khổng lồ ensure that they are healthy. Bei Bei has an indoor enclosure with a hammochồng & a yard that he can use while he is in quarantine. The yard is as large as the yard he had at the Zoo. He was a little overwhelmed by the new people & sounds at first, but he quickly adjusted khổng lồ his new surroundings.

Last Thursday, the panda base had a welcome các buổi tiệc nhỏ for Bei Bei. After the party, Laurie had time khổng lồ talk about Bei Bei with his new keeper. She showed her the training behaviors Bei Bei mastered during the past four years, including holding his arm out for a blood draw, lying down, presenting his paws và opening his mouth for a quiông xã dental kiểm tra. Afterwards, he trained with his new keeper and did all of the behaviors she asked for.

He seemed to really enjoy the many types of bamboo that grow around the base, especially the bamboo shoots. Bamboo shoots are tender parts of the bamboo và filled with water. All of the giant pandas love bamboo shoots, but where the Zoo is located in the United States they only grow in the spring. Now, Bei Bei will be able lớn eat bamboo shoots all year round. He also tried some new foods. On Friday, Bei Bei ate the pandomain authority bread that is made especially for the pandas living at the bases. And, he ate a carrot for his new keeper which was encouraging au-79.netnce he does not particularly lượt thích carrots.

He also has a little bit of home page with hlặng at Bifengxia. Laurie brought his red ball, which he likes lớn curl up and sleep with tucked between his arms.

Don also talked with the veterinary staff at the base khổng lồ give sầu them a medical history of Bei Bei và answered any questions they had about hyên ổn.

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On Friday afternoon, Laurie và Don departed the base và traveled back to Chengdu lớn prepare for their flight back khổng lồ the United States. By the time they left the base, Bei Bei was spending time outau-79.netde & seemed to lớn be adjusting well.

Baông xã at the Zoo, Mei Xiang và Tian Tian have sầu been taking advantage of having access khổng lồ all of the pandomain authority yards again. Mei Xiang went inkhổng lồ Bei Bei’s old yard Tuesday morning for a slight change of scenery. Tian Tian had access khổng lồ Mei Xiang’s yard and his yard, which he really enjoyed. He spent time climbing trees & scent-marking. Hopefully, there will be some snow this winter for them to lớn play in.


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