But all that crunching and munching can take its toll on the choppers. As the bears age, we break their bamboo into smaller pieces using many different tools, such as a log smasher, hammers, sledge hammers, splitters, and hand clippers.
Animals live longer lives in managed care due to excellent veterinary care, nutritionists, and their keepers.
He enjoys his playful times where he runs around the exhibit or hangs upside down from his crosswalk pretending he is going to fall.
He watches out for when his keepers pass by and knows how to get extra bamboo if he wants it, too!
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The National Zoo in Washington is packing up its American-born panda cub Bao Bao for a one-way flight to China where the three-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding programme.
No problem for giant pandas, which have the strongest jaws in the bear family!
US-born giant panda twins struggle with the local food and language after arriving in China In preparation for the trip, keepers have a packing list of Bao Bao’s favorite foods including: 55 pounds of bamboo, five pounds of apples and two pounds of sweet potatoes.
“Most of the flight, we hope she’s going to eat,” said panda keeper Marty Dearie, who will travel with Bao Bao to China, adding that the animals spend 13 to 16 hours a day eating.
Once Bao Bao arrives in Chengdu in Sichuan province, she will be driven to her new home, one of the bases run by the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda.
Dearie will briefly remain with her while she gets adjusted.