What will you do if your mischievous pets misbehave but do not identify anything wrong with it? They even get hooked into what they’re doing and get fun with it. Can you discipline them when looking at their adorable face and innocent eyes? I think that I can’t. Moreover, their actions can melt our hearts. This is actually what happens at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. And the subject is two mischievous, yet persistent panda cubs.
A video capturing two playful panda cubs who hilariously obstruct a zookeeper from sweeping fallen leaves has gone viral. Mei- the zookeeper in the video was certainly having a hard time trying to do her job while the panda cubs rolled and tumbled around. “She probably loves and hates her job at the same time,” someone guessed on YouTube. Scroll down below to see the video!
As you can see, the zookeeper’s already facing a challenge from the moment she tries to open the door into the enclosure where the cubs are. Mei throws the broom over the fence to divert the cubs, preventing them from running away through the entrance. And, these adorable pandas start tumbling and rolling around.
These fluff balls are playful, curious selves. One gets their paws on the basket of leaves and enjoys rolling inside. Mei is seen struggling to move the cubs away from the basket, only for them to return for the other tools she brought in.
“I think it’s hilarious that they move all slow but the chaos they cause happens so fast,” one person on YouTube pointed out. “It’s like babysitting a bunch of drunk children,” another user comments.
However, one Redditor who claims to have worked at one of the sanctuaries explained, this is done as a show for the visitors. Some people on Reddit also pointed out that usually, when there’s some work needed to be done in the panda sanctuary, they are normally moved away.
The number of wild pandas is finally climbing up. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2017, pandas have been upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” on the global list of species at risk of extinction. Over the past decade, the population of these adorable fluffs has grown by nearly 17%. This is really good news.
But Lo Sze Ping, CEO of WWF-China, warns: “Everyone should celebrate this achievement. But pandas remain scattered and vulnerable, and much of their habitat is threatened by poorly planned infrastructure projects. Remember, there are still only 1,864 left in the wild.”