Chubby Panda Cub Falls From Tree

CENPublished: September 21, 20161,040 views
Published: September 21, 2016

Viral footage taken from a panda enclosure has captured the hilarious moment a chubby cub fell from a tree it was climbing.

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) cub was with several of its kin in their walled home in the Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve when the tumble happened.

The eyes of hundreds of tourists were trained on the group of pandas when the cub suddenly snapped the branch it was on and fell to the ground, letting out an audible whoop in his enclosure in Wenchuan County, which is in south-western China’s panda homeland Sichuan Province.

Visitors who spotted the incident shouted "Oh my, God!" but they were relieved to see that the young cub had survived the high fall completely unharmed, having landed on its comfortable cushion of a backside.

The adorable cub was so stunned that it was still holding onto the broken branch after the fall; that is until the other young ones went over and robbed it of the curious object.

Pandas are known as expert climbers, especially in their youth, but the activity becomes more and more challenging as they grow bigger and fatter.

At one year old, cubs already weigh 40 kilogrammes (88 lbs), so it is little wonder the panda snapped the thin and fragile branch.

Fans of the once first-class protected species in China and indeed the world over received uplifting news at the beginning of this month when the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) officially downgraded its conservation status.

Having been one of the most protected species for decades, the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species changed the panda’s status from "Endangered" to "Vulnerable" following a significant 17 percent population rise.

The animals - icons for conversation leaders such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - now number 1,864 in the wild thanks to intensive preservation efforts by the Chinese government.

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