Staff of a CCRCGP on Thursday recaptured giant panda Tao Tao, who was released in the Liziping Nature Reserve in 2012, to monitor his physical condition.
Tao Tao was found in good health and weighed 115 kilograms after being thoroughly examined by a group of vets from the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Sichuan Province.
“The fur on his back and his subcutaneous fat storage are all quite good. We didn’t find any external parasites. He is very clean, very pretty. There’s not much abrasion on his teeth. We will next take his blood sample. We’ve taken many samples,” said Cheng Yanxi, a vet at the conservation and research center.
Tao Tao was again released Friday noon after the staff replaced its tracking chip. However, they will continue to monitor Tao Tao’s condition for further research.
Tao Tao was born on Aug 3, 2010, in a semi-wild environment. He was raised by his mother to learn ways of survival in the wild. He was first released in the province’s Liziping Nature Reserve on Oct 11, 2012.
Tao Tao is the first released panda to acquire survival training without any human interaction. His good physical record only proves that the method of “panda parenting” is a success.