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Red pandas train for fame

2010-05-10 11:05:55 GMT2010-05-10 19:05:55 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

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Historically these red pandas have lived in the shadow of their famous black and white cousins.

But zoo trainers in southeastern China aim to change this by teaching these animals to put on a show.

It turns out the red pandas are relatively easy to train.

The discovery came after trainers wanted to teach the pandas simple orders that would make health checkups more manageable.

After just a month the animals mastered these commands.

(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 35-YEAR-OLD HONGSHAN ZOO OFFICIAL MA HAIYAN SAYING:

"They come when their names are called and during it they let our staff hold them in their arms, which stops the chances of them being hurt."

They could use some of the attention a zoo performance might bring.

The red panda is an endangered species with less than 10,000 adults left in the wild.

Experts believe its population will shrink by 10 percent over the next 30 years.

Most red pandas live outside protected areas, leaving them victims to poaching and deforestation.

(Reuters)

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