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Panda that proves nature’snot always black and white: Extremely rare brown bear’s colour linked to uniqueconditions in Chinese mountains where they are found
ByDAVID WILKES FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Whenit comes to pandas, you probably thought things were strictly black and white.
Butmeet Qi Lai, an extremely rare brown and white panda whose colourful appearancehas left scientists scratching their heads.
Whileevery bit as a cute as others of his species, he is a very special bear becausethere have only been five sightings of brown-white pandas since 1985.
QiLai (above) is an extremely rare brown and white panda.There have only beenfive sightings of the species since 1985
Nowaged five, he was found as a two-month-old cub, weak and alone, by researchersin a nature reserve in Qinling Mountains in China after his mother had apparently disappeared into the jungle.
Forhis own safety, they took him to the nearby Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue,Breeding and Research Centre where he was given medical treatment and fed onpanda milk saved by the centre’s staff from other pandas.
Hehas since grown into the fine, eye-catching specimen he is today.
Thesephotographs were taken by Katherine Feng, an American vet and member of theInternational League of Conservation Photographers, who was deliveringveterinary supplies to the centre donated by the US charity PandasInternational.
Shewas granted special permission to photograph him during the recent visit.
Shesaid: ‘Brown and white pandas have only been seen in the Qinling Mountains. TheQinling Mountain pandas are considered a different sub-species from those foundin other mountain ranges.
‘It is suspected that the brown and white colouring of pandas has agenetic basis, possible a result of a double recessive gene, a combination ofgenes or a dilution factor gene. Qi Zai’s mother was black and white.’
QiLai – who is also known as ‘seventh son’ by staff at the centre – is the samesize and weight and has the same habits as other pandas with the usual blackand white fur.
Scientists at the centre say further studies are necessary to unravel the mystery of whythe brown and white pandas occur.
Thepanda population in the Qinling Mountains is small and isolated with anestimated figure of between 200 and 300.
Some experts at the centre have suggested that the brown fur could also have somelinks with the area’s unique geographical and climatic conditions, saying thesoil and water in the area might influence the hair pigments of the pandas.
Mustafa Leak, Sin City,United Kingdom, about 5 hours ago
Atleast they are protected and will not end up as body parts for someones ego.
Lord danders, Theexpensive one, United Kingdom, about 6 hours ago
Thatshould be in a zoo
——OstrogothRome, Newport,United Kingdom, about 6 hours ago
…..yep,visiting a zoo, and staring at Lord danders in a cage.
NicABR,Anonymous, United Kingdom, about 8 hours ago
BeautifulPanda, am glad he’s well looked after, meanwhile in other parts of China theyare cutting up endangered Whale Sharks still alive and kidnapping cats and dogsto eat and using Rhino horn etc etc!!
Potato land,summerwhere, United Kingdom, about 8 hours ago
when did he have a shower last time?
——Robinxx-Oxford, Oxford,United Kingdom, about 7 hours ago
Probablythe last time you did.
————Potato land,summerwhere, United Kingdom, about 5 hours ago
itwas a joke.
Lou,Guildford, United Kingdom, about 9 hours ago
Gorgeous.Mother Nature certainly gave pandas a whacking big dose of the cuteness factor- which has been instrumental in global interest for their conservation.
bobbydazzler2015,Marrakech, Morocco, about 9 hours ago
someguy,somewhere, United Kingdom, about 10 hours ago
Ifthere is a god, why why make a bear that looks so cuddly and cute? To make preyrun up to it and try to hug it before becoming dinner?