Every child needs to be mom-handled every once in a while, with a slight tug to stop staring at the new toys in the store or a little push to get out the door in the morning, but who would have thought baby panda’s get mom-handled too!
A new video from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) captures just that, showing an adorable mother panda and her baby walking past one of the WWF’s camera traps located in China’s Anzihe Nature Reserve.
In the video, as the mother panda begins down a small hill, her cub lags behind just a bit. The mother seems to be in a hurry so she turns around and gently grabs her cub and starts pulling her/him down the hill just like any human mother would have to do with their child in a toy store.
The camera used to capture this adorable scene is a part of the WWF’s Camera Traps Initiatives. This initiative consists of placing cameras out in the wild with infrared motion sectors on them to capture images of any wildlife that walks by. They use it as a minimal intrusive tool to monitor, research, and just view the animals in their natural habitats.
According to the WWF, the latest estimate of the wild giant panda population, which is located in the Yangtze Basin of China, was at 1,600 pandas in 2004. The giant panda is considered endangered and is threatened by hunting as well as habitat loss due to expanding development that has fragmented forests, preventing pandas from meeting and mating.
In addition to being the WWF’s iconic logo since 1961, the giant panda has been the focus of many conservation efforts by the organization. This includes the WWF work with China’s National Conservation Program to expand panda reserves, which currently cover 3.8 million acres of forest in China — simply amazing!
So with such a small population, restrained to such a small area, it is a real treat to be able to see pandas interact outside the iron bars of a zoo. To make it better, by using the WWF’s camera traps, there was no real human interaction with the pandas to get this shot, leaving this little family to go about their daily business undistrubed.