Pandas living in a reserve near the epicenter of China’s weekend quake clambered up trees in panic as their forest home was jolted, but none were injured, officials said.
More than 60 pandas at the Bifengxia Panda Base near Ya-an city were shaken early Saturday by the quake which struck just 31 miles away, leaving at least 188 people dead and more than 11,000 injured.
Some pandas climbed high into the tree canopy when the 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck and suffered “differing degrees of shock,” the facility said on its website.
Pictures taken by the reserve showed the furry creatures clinging onto tree trunks, while state-broadcaster CCTV showed one panda perched perilously on the top of a tall pine tree, which swayed from side to side.
Ren Yao from Bifengxia’s publicity office said that “no pandas or people were injured” in the weekend quake. However, some sections of the facility were damaged, she said without elaborating.
Animals at the base were “slack jawed” with shock after the quake struck, China’s official news-agency Xinhua reported.
But staff said that after therapy from staff, the pandas were now feeling secure enough to climb back down to earth.
Poor little pandas!