Quake Carnage Spares Pandas

Disaster may threaten animals' food source
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 4:27 PM CDT
Giant pandas play at the Wolong Giant Panda Protection Center in China's Sichuan province in this 2006 file photo. The pandas at the Wolong and Chengdu reserves survived yesterday's earthquake.   (AP Photo/Color China Photo, File)
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(Newser) – The residents of the panda preserves deep in the earthquake-ravaged area of China are OK, state media reported today. Keepers of the 86 bears at the Wolong facility, in Sichuan province, and the 60-plus animals at the nearby Chengdu center now must worry about infrastructure damage interrupting the pandas' food supply, CNN reports; the endangered bears eat mostly bamboo.

"We are terribly concerned and we are hoping the report is true," the director of a US-based group that helps support the Wolong center told the AP. "I am waiting for confirmation that someone has actually made it to Wolong."