• Question: Wow, Stephane! You got to play with pandas! Where and when did you do this?!

    Asked by AnimalLover to Stéphane on 16 Mar 2018.
    • Photo: Stéphane Berneau

      Stéphane Berneau answered on 16 Mar 2018:


      I went to China for holidays 2 years ago during my PhD. I travelled specially to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda breeding program.
      Panda are very shy and only reproduce once a year. They eat bamboo but don’t have the digestive system adapted. Therefore, without the help of humans, Giant pandas would have been extinct.
      – If animal keepers bump into a couple panda during intercourse, pandas will stop and wait for another year … So shy!

      A little about a female panda faking pregnancy: