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« Reply #2235 on: October 06, 2017, 09:13:43 PM »

October 6, 2017
Most of the animals in our care are trained for a number of behaviors depending on needs of the animal. At the Zoo we follow the principles of positive reinforcement, by which the individual being trained is reinforced for the behaviors that the trainer has asked for. The giant panda cubs have begun learning some of the more basic behaviors that the adults know. The most important step for them right now is to “learn how to learn.” They are working on understanding that we are asking them to do something, they are going to hear a whistle (bridge) when they do it, and they are going to get a leafeater biscuit (reward) for it. As they begin to learn and understand that, we can begin to work on more complex behaviors that will help us better care for them. For example, the adults both voluntarily allow us to take blood from their arms in exchange for leafeater biscuits and produce; that way we can regularly monitor their blood for any changes. We can ask them to present their shoulders so we can give them their yearly vaccinations. We can ask Lun Lun to lie on her back and present her belly for ultrasounds at times when we are on the lookout for a pregnancy. All of that and more with some food, some patience, and good timing on the bridge (whistle). The cubs have a long way to go, but they are on their way.
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« Reply #2236 on: October 09, 2017, 09:08:00 PM »

October 9, 2017
I think it’s safe to say that giant pandas are very much creatures of habit. This is why it is so important that we introduce the cubs to important parts of their adult diets while they are young. We started introducing the girls to leafeater biscuits when they were much younger, and they have turned into little biscuit-eating machines. The next step, other than bamboo, is discovering which produce items Ya Lun and Xi Lun prefer. Each day, Yang Yang enjoys apple, banana and sweet potatoes. Lun Lun is not a fan of sweet potato, so we offer her apples and bananas each day. Lun Lun’s dislike for sweet potatoes has proven to be an advantage for keepers over the years as produce has been introduced to her cubs. Lun Lun has no shame in stealing a biscuit or two from them (they have stolen their fair share of biscuits from her), so the first produce item the cubs get is sweet potatoes. This way, we can be sure that Lun Lun isn’t going to eat them, and the cubs have plenty of time to nibble on and investigate the new food item. Ya Lun and Xi Lun still haven’t completely made up their minds yet, so we are continuing to monitor their interest and make sure they have plenty of biscuits in the meantime.
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« Reply #2237 on: October 13, 2017, 08:33:24 PM »

October 13, 2017
I think we’re going to have to pull out some of the tricks we have up our sleeves to entice the twins to eat sweet potato. Sometimes, simply always offering a piece of sweet potato will eventually lead a cub to further investigate the new orange item and then eventually develop a liking for it. But so far the twins have been completely uninterested in the addition to their diets. Over the years we have developed an arsenal of approaches to get the cubs to start eating sweet potato. One fail-safe method is covering a piece of sweet potato with banana mush (which is way sweeter but not as healthy). After a few days of doing this we can start to reduce the amount of banana mush until the cubs have adjusted to the taste of pure, unaltered sweet potato (I don’t blame them; the only way I’ll eat sweet potatoes is in a souffle!). If this doesn’t work, offering tiny pieces of sweet potato with a biscuit (and getting them to take both items in their mouth at once) will also do the trick. Over time we offer bigger and bigger pieces of sweet potato until they develop that acquired taste.
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« Reply #2238 on: October 16, 2017, 08:19:21 PM »

October 16, 2017
We are all excited about the autumn weather finally arriving to Atlanta. Well, almost arriving. It’s not 80 degrees anymore! We have been taking advantage of these cooler mornings by getting the pandas into the outdoor habitats as early as possible. Due to their incredibly thick fur, the bears are not very tolerant of hot temperatures, which is why they have been enjoying the air-conditioned dayrooms all summer. The cubs were originally wary of venturing back outside, but lately they seem to really be enjoying exploring every inch of the habitat. We can’t help but laugh as we watch them vie for position on the climbing structure and try to attack the innocent small tree nearby. I can’t wait to watch them discover the falling leaves of autumn, and dare I say it? Maybe even some snow this winter? This girl from the north can only hope!
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« Reply #2239 on: October 18, 2017, 06:55:09 PM »

October 18, 2017
Cooler weather means more outside time for the giant pandas! Going outside almost daily this past week has resulted in the cubs being much more comfortable in the outdoor space. Yesterday we saw them wrestling and playing outside! Mom still isn’t crazy about spending more than a couple of hours outside, so if you want to see the cubs outside, be sure to get to Zoo Atlanta before 11 a.m., which is when their second feeding of the day is, and when we have been bringing Lun Lun inside the dayroom for the day.
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