China-Giant Panda/Check-ups

Senior pandas receive expert medical attention in southwest China

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Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, southwest China - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of giant panda, Yue Yue at Dujiangyan panda base
2. Building of panda base

Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, southwest China - Feb 14, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
3. Various of breeder feeding Yue Yue; checking health
4. Various of breeder preparing Yue Yue's skin to draw blood

Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, southwest China - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Sign for Panda Kitchen
6. Various of women preparing steamed corn bread
7. Sign for hospital
8. First-aid boxes
9. Surgery room
10. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wang Chengdong, director of panda hospital, Dujiangyan panda base (ending with shot 11):
"The panda hospital has three functions. The first one is offering daily health care for aging pandas, especially the pandas at Dujiangyan base. It is also used to conducting emergency rescue for some wild giant pandas as well as their companion animals. The third one is to keep animals in quarantine."
11. Various of Yue Yue climbing trees

Storyline


Aging giant pandas at the Dujiangyan base in southwest China’s Sichuan Province consider themselves lucky to be constantly under expert medical supervision.

Staff at this giant panda base make sure they do everything needed to keep these old bears healthy by offering routine medical check-ups among other things.

Giant panda Yue Yue is 25 now, but looks healthy as ever - thanks to the special 'nursing home'. Besides Yue Yue, the nursing home looks after nine other senior giant pandas who are over the age of 20.

For the breeders responsible for their check-ups, however, it’s not an easy task after all - especially when it comes to keeping them calm and comfortable.

On Wednesday, as Yue Yue got ready for her tests, her breeders kept her distracted throughout the procedure. While one breeder continuously kept feeding her freshly cut apples, another one managed to finish dental-check, measure her weight and even draw blood sample.

The panda hospital has different functions - offering daily health care being the most important one, explained Wang Chengdong, director of the panda hospital.

"The hospital is also used to conducting emergency rescue for some wild giant pandas as well as their companion animals. The third one is to keep animals in quarantine," Wang added.

In addition to providing daily health care service, the hospital also houses a laboratory for conducting genetics tests and gather relevant data around disease prevention.

As it turns out, the panda base is not just about medical care - it’s well equipped with necessary cooking facilities for dishing up nutritious food to these senior giant pandas; and steamed corn breads often add up to their regular fruit diet.

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  • ID : 8073609
  • Published : 2018-02-14 19:09
  • Last Modified : 2018-02-14 19:09:48
  • Location : Dujiangyan,Sichuan,China
  • Category : arts, culture and entertainment
  • Duration : 2'43
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2
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