A Chinese nature reserve has captured incredibly rare Panda in the forests of Sichuan province
For the very first time, an albino giant panda was seen roaming through the bamboo forests of China. The Panda was caught on the infra-red camera which was in the forest reserve.
The white Panda’s picture was taken at the Wolong National Nature Reserve, which is high up in the hills of southwestern China’s Sichuan province.
According to the wildlife experts, the panda could be about one or two years old.
To get a better picture of the rare panda the staff at the natural reserve is setting up more cameras in the area.
The photo was taken in April when the all-white giant panda was crossing through a forest. Later the scientist found that the animal appearance was caused by albinism, a rare genetic condition in which there is a total or partial lack of the skin pigment melanin
“The panda looked strong and his steps were steady, a sign that the genetic mutation may not have quite impeded its life,” Li Sheng, a researcher for Beijing’s Peking University, told Chinese state broadcaster.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the giant panda is vulnerable and there may be as few as 1,864 left in the wild.
The researchers said, “If we can capture the next generation, the research value will be even greater.”
The researchers at the site and scientists at the China Conservation and Research Centre will monitor the area to figure out whether or not this gene will be passed down through the generations.