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chinaconnection 02/13/09

The Great Panda Rescue

Most of us will only see pandas in zoos, but about thirty local farmers in China's Sichuan Province got a much closer view of one, when they had to rescue a wild panda that had been trapped in some rocks.

It took the team about two hours to free the panda, which later returned to the wild after a treatment, according to reports from China's CCTV.  As you can see in the video, the panda doesn't look too happy to be trapped in the rocks, and the farmers don't quite make up the most elite panda-rescue team, but at least they got the job done.

This was the second panda rescue since 2005, and since there are only about 1,600 pandas remaining in the wild, the chances of running into one are pretty slim, especially if you're anywhere by China's Sichuan Province. 

Since pandas are not exactly the most amorous members of the animal kingdom, the government has invested significant resources in preserving the species. 180 have been successfully bred at the Wolong Panda Protection Centre, and zoos worldwide have made efforts to encourage their pandas to be fruitful and multiply.

While it's not especially llikely that our rescued panda will find love this Valentine's Day, since pandas only mate once a year at most, I'm sure he's thrilled to be safe and secure.

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