What It’s Really Like to Be a Baby Panda Handle

Pitched and published as part of FLARE‘s 9-5 series.

 

What do you wear at work? We have a standard uniform, but we wear a lab coat if there are babies because we want to make sure they’re as healthy as possible, and a lot of cubs could get sick from different bacteria on you. We wear the coats to protect them.

Have you noticed personalities emerging in the twins? Definitely. At first, the boy one, Jia Panpan, would sleep more and flop around—he wasn’t too steady on his feet—and the little girl, Jia Yueyue, was already walking pretty well. But now, Jia Panpan is a lot feistier than his sister.

Is there something people might not realize about pandas? Normally pandas just flop onto their backs and eat and look like very lazy animals. But, when they want to, they can be extremely fast. They can snap up from lying on their backs and be aggressive if they need to be.

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