BEIJING, Feb. 9 -- The Wolong
Giant Panda Research Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province revealed that
with three years' of training, giant panda Xiang Xiang, the first human-raised
giant panda in world that was taught with skills of living in wild environment,
was able to live in nature.
This signifies that China's human-fed giant panda has
for the first time gained capability of living in the field, China News Service
Workers at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center
said that with the help of the global positioning system (GPS), scientists
confirmed that Xiang Xiang was able to select its own living habitat. In April
2005, scientists had already stopped giving food to the giant panda, which began
to live by itself in the center.
Now Xiang Xiang seems to have adapted to the wild
environment and is quite alert to things nearby. Scientists once approached
Xiang Xiang to a distance of 50 meters, and the giant panda, by its cute
auditory sense, was conscious of the situation.
In the next step, scientists will teach the giant
panda on how to identify its natural enemy and the skills of communicating with
other wild giant pandas. After this, scientists will choose an appropriate time
to free it into the nature.