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Panda Bears in Chengdu, China

During my visit to China I made sure to spend a morning with the panda bears in Chengdu, at the Panda Breeding and Research Base.

I don't care who you are, when you walk up to all the panda bears eating, playing, and scratching themselves without a care in the world, you'll be “ooooh'ing” and “aaaah'ing” with the rest of us.

Panda bear

A panda bear takes a break from eating to pose for the cameras.

A pair of panda bears

The panda bear on the left was totally hogging this piece of bamboo...pulling it away from his friend to the right.

Feeding time

Feeding time at the Chengdu Panda Breading and Research Center in Chengdu, China.

Panda bear

This panda bear is taking a break from devouring bamboo to digest. I'm sure it wasn't long before he started gnawing on another piece.

Pair of pandas

To see the pandas in action, it's best to visit the research base in the morning during feeding time.

Red pandas

Red pandas are native to Nepal, Bhutan, and northeastern India.

Close up of a red panda

For about $25, I was able to hold a red panda like this one for a minute or two. I can still remember how it felt to feel his little heart beating rapidly.

Panda cubs

The panda cubs were more playful than their adult counterparts, however they still enjoyed lounging around too.

Bird's eye view of a giant panda

Bird's eye view of a giant panda.

Panda bear eating bamboo

Crunch! A giant panda bear cracks a piece of bamboo with his strong jaws.

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Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

Awww Great pics Dave these little guys are so cute. They always look like they are smiling too!


Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

Thanks, panda bears rock. :)


Tuesday 15th of February 2011

I love the red panada's, they look so sweet.

Sarah Wu

Monday 14th of February 2011

They're so cute!

Mark Wiens

Friday 11th of February 2011

Cool, able to hold the red panda! How big is it? It looks pretty big, but I can't fully tell from the perspective of the shot. Incredible pictures!


Sunday 13th of February 2011

The red pandas are small -- about the size of a fox, so they fit on my lap easily.

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