Giant pandas He Feng and Xing Guang at the Shanghai Zoo in Changning District are welcoming their favorite season with fresh bamboo shoots delivered to them on Monday from Anji County, Zhejiang Province, zoo operators said.
Bamboo shoots season usually starts around Qingming Festival, which falls on April 4 this year, and is expected to last until the end of May, according to the zoo.
“The duo will be fed without limit on fresh nutritious bamboo shoots during this season, and this is their first bamboo season in Shanghai,” said Wu Tong, a zoo office staff member.
“At other times of the year, they are fed with bamboo leaves when there are no fresh shoots,” she said.
The duo, two male giant pandas both born in 2016, arrived at the zoo in June from Chengdu in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
Xing Guang, born on June 23, 2016, is nicknamed “Bugs Bunny” because of his signature front teeth. He has a big head and small ears.
He Feng, born on August 9, is nicknamed “White Socks” because he has some white hair on his feet.
During the closure of the zoo due to the coronavirus outbreak, both gained weight to more than 100 kilograms, animal keepers said.
Anji is known for its specialty bamboo shoots.
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