Feeds

China airlifts bamboo to quake-hit pandas

Emergency rations

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

China has sent emergency relief to its Wolong Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in the Sichuan earthquake zone - home to 53 of the endangered creatures.

The centre lies north of the provincial capital Chengdu, and just 30km from the epicentre of the devastating 12 May quake which claimed an estimated 50,000 lives, Reuters reports. Among the dead were 47 people living around the site, and the pandas faced a shortage of essential bamboo because, unsurprisingly, "people stopped collecting it from the mountains after the quake", as China Daily put it.

The centre's pandas suffered 35 seriously injured casualties in the disaster, which received medical treatment. Six disappeared, but by Tuesday four had returned, while eight selected to "entertain tourists" during the Olympics have been shipped to Chengdu en route to Beijing.

Those left at the badly-damaged centre will benefit from "4,500 kg of bamboo, 1,050 kg of bamboo shoots and huge quantities of apples, soybean, eggs, milk powder and other food items" dispatched by the government.

According to Reuters, the majority of China's 1,590 wild pandas reside in Sichuan, with other populations in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. Around 180 have been bred in captivity. ®

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record
One charge sees Sunswift travel 500kms at over 100 km/h
SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans
Junk in the trunk? That's what people have
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends
Boffins research: Ancient dinos may all have had 'potential' fluff
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.