Wild giant panda filmed drinking from river in NW China

A farmer in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province has captured a giant panda drinking from a river, rare footage that indicates that the normally-shy animal was probably ill.

In the two-minute video, the giant panda can be seen stretching, dropping its head to the river, and drinking before noticing the farmer and returning to the safety of the jungle.

The farmer, He Yijun, shot the footage in the late afternoon on March 9 near his village, which is part of a state-level reserve for the protection of Qinling wild giant pandas.

The Qinling giant panda is a subspecies of giant panda that was identified in Qinling Mountains in 2005. It differs from the more familiar Sichuan subspecies by its smaller and rounder skill, shorter snout and fuller fur. There are about 270 giant pandas in the Qinling region.

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