Six Pandas Moved From Rattled Reserve

Damaged shelters and little food prompt transfer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 23, 2008 11:36 AM CDT
Pandas sleep at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Wolong, in southwest China's Sichuan province, Tuesday, April 1, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Six hungry pandas have been transferred to a new reserve in southwest China in the wake of the region's massive earthquake, AFP reports. Their shelters damaged and food scarce, the giant pandas were moved from the renowned Wolong breeding center; eight others will be sent to Beijing tomorrow ahead of their display at the Olympics. No pandas were killed in the quake, but five staffers at the Wolong center died.

“There is enough water now, but food is still a major problem. The pandas are in urgent need of bamboos and apples,” said a forestry official.