Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This snow-covered panda and her cub having some training time together as she teaches the youngster about tree marking.
Typically they will mark their territory either with urine or by scratching the tree bark in order to indicate their presence to rival pandas or potential mates.
And although there is a hibernate in the winter, panda bears unlike their relatives do not hibernate.
Which meant that despite the snow, this mother panda had time to show her cub the intricacies of reading the messages on the tree during a quiet moment at their home in the Giant Panda National Park in Pingwu County, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
The footage was shot by the camera that was installed in the park near the train after it was noticed it was one of the pandas marking trees.
The footage was shot in January but released now and shows the giant panda cub learning scent-marking skills from its mother in front of the fir tree.
Staff at the reserve estimated the cub to be about 1 year and 5 months old.
Normally, a giant panda cub will leave its mother and lead an independent life when it is at the earliest around this age.
When they are together, the cub needs to learn all survival skills from its mother before that happens.
According to staff, two male giant pandas were also captured making scent marks on the same tree by the infrared camera which is probably what the female and her cub were sniffing.