Movements of rare all-white panda spotted in China
The Wolong National Nature Reserve has released full footage of a rare all-white giant panda.
Infrared cameras captured footage of the world's only all-white panda approaching a mother panda and her cub on Saturday.
The distinctive creature was captured on infrared cameras about 2,000 meters above sea level in the reserve in April 2019.
With no spots on its body and unique red eyes, the wild giant panda was thought to be an albino, hitherto the only one of its kind anywhere on Earth.
In the video, the all-white panda walks toward the mother panda and the cub resting in a tree hollow and signals for interaction.
However, the mother panda didn't leave the hollow and stayed calm.
After the mother and the cub left the hollow, the all-white panda came back to the tree hollow and sniffed every place where the mother panda had been.
"The cub in the footage is about one to two years old, and the all-white panda is nearly the size of an adult. At the end of February, wild pandas in Wolong have entered the estrus season, during which the female pandas with cubs can be very aggressive when an adult panda approaches or invades," said Wei Rongping, a senior engineer at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas. "This female panda was extremely 'calm' and did not conform to the general rule. One possibility is that the female panda is the mother of the all-white panda," Wei added.
The staff at the nature reserve are attempting to collect DNA samples from the white panda to learn more about this rare creature.
"By means of the current investigation, experiments and tests, we are trying to find out whether there are other white pandas in this area and what their status quo is," said He Tingmei, deputy managing director of the nature reserve.