For many years now, pandas have been on the ‘endangered species’ list. So when you hear that a panda is pregnant it’s a magical occasion. However, it turns out that having panda twins is somewhat of a challenge for their moms.
Thanks to conservation efforts across the world, the panda is now off the endangered species list! Hooray! But that doesn’t mean life is smooth sailing for the beautiful bears just yet.
It turns out that pandas who have multiple cubs struggle to look after them at the same time. Strange, right? Pandas usually only care for one baby at a time which means they instinctively abandon the other.
This isn’t great for the population. So what can be done to help the baby panda twins out?
As comedic and silly as it may sound, the best solution carers and experts at conservations have found is to trick the panda mother. How? With the old switcharoo – no, I’m deadly serious.
To make sure both of the panda twins get fed and nurtured, carers distract the panda mom while they quickly exchange one panda cub for the other to give them both chances of survival.
In some footage from a BBC Earth nature documentary, we see a trainer feeding the mother bear honey while she subtly tries to swap out the panda cub from her paw.
The video is narrated by David Attenborough who can explain the event in better detail than I can. So I recommend giving the video a watch below. We promise it’s amusing, interesting and adorable all in one!
Don’t forget to watch this funny yet fascinating video of the panda twins switcheroo trick on the mom in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝