Pandas in China put on bamboo rations
The breeding programme of China's captive panda population could be at risk due to forced rationing of bamboo. This compounds the news that their wildlife habitat was damaged by the recent earthquake.
China's captive pandas are to be put on rations after the Sichuan earthquake destroyed large tracts of bamboo forest.
The magnitude eight earthquake triggered landslides which poured down the mountain-sides that are home not only to wild pandas but also to the bamboo that is the major part of their diet.
And so, after years of having their feeding habits, sex lives and even bowel movements studied and analysed by a friendly but prurient public, the 67 residents of the Chengdu giant panda research base are now being forced to diet.