11-Week-Old Panda Cub Takes First Steps





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Published on Oct 19, 2012

An 11-week-old panda cub is is learning to walk this week at his vet exam at the San Diego Zoo.

The panda cub gets put on the floor by his caretakers and tries to crawl forward on all fours.

Just when he looks like he will start walking, his back legs give out and he rolls onto his side.

[P.K. Robbins, Senior Vet at San Diego Zoo]:
"I would say he's making progress. He's kind of at that awkward toddler stage where some limbs are working better than others. Certainly the front legs want to get up and go but the back legs sort of got a little bit left behind. But he's definitely learning, he's getting those skill sets that he needs and he's a pretty active little dude."

The panda cub squeaks and rolls around the floor in his attempts to be mobile.

He is expected to be able to walk on all four legs in just a few weeks.

It will still be at least a few more months before he is able enough to venture into the panda exhibit.

Only 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the wild, and the species is primarily threatened by habitat loss.

San Diego Zoo Global, in conjunction with Chinese panda experts, continue to work on science-based panda conservation programs.

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