This video is one of the four part series On The Brink: Preserving Endangered Species.
There’s currently an estimated one thousand giant pandas left in China, and unless crucial steps are taken, the iconic bears could soon be wiped out forever. At China’s Wolong Nature Reserve in the mountains in Sichuan Province, forty giant pandas and a dedicated team of staff play a crucial role in ensuring the survival of the species.
As part of the Reserve’s panda breeding program, a revolutionary new method of rearing twin cubs called ‘swap-raising’ has been developed. Each cub is raised by both its natural mother and one of the Reserve’s veterinarians, Wei Rongping, to increase the chances of both cubs surviving.Panda Nursery
witnesses this special partnership between Rongping and an eleven-year-old female panda called Ershihao, who, three months after being artificially inseminated, gives birth to two tiny furless cubs. The program follows the first six months of the lives of the twin cubs as they are swapped between Ershihao and their surrogate ‘mum’, Rongping.
Panda Nursery follows the highs and lows of Lin He’s and Lin Hai’s eventful first six months and explores the challenges facing giant pandas in the wild. In three years it could be these two cuddly cubs’ turn to produce young of their own as Wolong Nature Reserve’s breeding program attempts to haul the giant bears back from the brink of extinction.
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