Cameras in China mountains capture wild pandas

(NBC/CCTV VIA APTN)

WENXIAN, China (NBC/CCTV VIA APTN) — Two wild giant pandas were caught on camera in the mountains of Northwest China. A local nature reserve released the footage Monday.

In one video, recorded last October, an adult giant panda can be seen roaming the woods of the reserve. A separate video recorded last month shows what is believed to be a younger giant panda in the same area.

Nature reserve workers found the video when they retrieved camera traps during a regular inspection. They also found footage of other endangered wild animals, including Sichuan Takins and snub-nosed monkeys, both of which are under the highest level of state protection in China.

According to the nature reserve authorities, these videos show that the reserve’s environment is suitable to giant pandas, as well as other wild animals. Chinese zoologists say the country has nearly 1,600 giant pandas in the wild — in addition to more than 310 in captivity.

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