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Why Do We Love Pandas?
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Recently, police apprehended 10 suspects for allegedly killing a wild giant panda and selling its meat in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan. Two brothers named Wang confessed to the police that they shot a female panda in a tree unknowingly, thinking it was just a “big animal.” However, they sold 35 kilograms of meat, and the panda’s paws for 4800 yuan after killing it, which was undoubtedly abominable. Giant pandas are globally protected-- in China, killing or selling them is a serious crime. They are one of the world’s most endangered species. Most importantly, they are the most beloved animals all over the world.


They are the cutest!
Zoo visitors love to watch pandas and are often amazed by the way they handle their food with considerable dexterity - thanks partly to that “pseudo thumb”, which functions as a six digit. In addition, people love pandas also because of their distinctive eyes. Their eye patches make their eyes bigger. “People love big eyes because it reminds them of children,” according to Ron Swaisgood, director of Applied Animal Ecology, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. “This is called neoteny in scientific terms.”
Neoteny basically means keeping a juvenile appearance into adulthood.


They are cultural symbols
Giant pandas are considered to be a ‘national treasure’ in China. As the only country home to giant pandas, the pandas have also been given to other countries by China to show a good relationship. People’s affection for  pandas has also been regarded as a marketing ploy- their black and white folds used to sell everything from sweets and frizzy pop to western consumers  in China.


 Moreover, what distinguishes panda from other animals is that the panda has become a political symbol of our nation.Decisions to lend and loan pandas take years of negotiations. For example, Edinburgh Zoo in British was reportedly in talks with China for half a decade before the deal to house Tian Tian and Yangguang was sold. And, unlike the exchange of any other animals, these deals often involve political negotiations at the  highest levels.

 

They are special envoys
Pandas have been loaned to various zoos around the world. There are fewer than 50 pandas in zoos outside of China including the U.S, Scotland, Canada, Thailand, Austria, Japan and more than other 16 countries.  As a species, they’ve met a whole host of world leaders and celebrities, including the former U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, Queen Sofia of Spain, Shaquille O’Neal and Jackie Chan. As special envoys and symbols of friendship, they play an important role in further strengthening bilateral ties and developing all-round cooperation between china and other countries.

 

They are rare
Giant pandas are officially listed on the Conservation of Nature’s list of endangered species by the Internet Union, which assumes that there are fewer than 2,500 giant pandas in the world. The official figure was 1,596 in 2011. China began to protect them since the 1960s. So now how many of them are left? A national survey sheds some light on the question. The survey showed that by the end of 2013, the population of wild giant pandas across the country reached  to 1864, an increase of 16.8% from the last survey a decade ago. The population of captive giant pandas is 375.


Authorities have vowed tough measures to protect the species. And we believe that the survival of the giant pandas can not be completely left up to nature, but to a greater extent on their care and management by humans.

 

Editor: Li Meng Source: English Net

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