Why Are We Fascinated With Panda？
Giant pandas are adored by people around the world. There are many reasons for being obsessed with this cute fluffy and endangered creature. Two of the most popular answers to that question point towards their unusual behaviour and markings, as well as their endangered status.
Giant pandas have features that resemble those of humans: flat face, short tails, thumbs and sex organs hidden from view. They look like infant who are playfulness, clumsiness with the appearance of softness and a need for protection. This big round buddy however has a short cute name with bamboo diet seemingly harmless to people and other animals. Their perfectly combined black and white color implies the overall mystique of the universe just like Yin and Yang. They are in sharp contrast, while naturally connected , simple but profound. This is verified by the Taji diagram of traditional Taoist culture.
Except for their appearance, their peaceful also playful personality makes human enchanted by this panda magic.
Pandas, especially young pandas, love to play. As soon as panda cubs are able to move, they begin to show their affinity for play. They typically love novelty and loathe the old. Captive pandas are often given toys which is called behavioral enrichment. No matter how novel the toys are, pandas will be tired of them in just few days. Keepers have to constantly give them new ones to keep them interested or they will become unhealthy psychologically, which will lead to abnormal behavior.
However, adult panda’s personality is quite peaceful and is always acclaimed as “Hermits in the bamboo forest”. In ancient China, hermits were believed to be those who armed with great wisdom, saw through the emptiness of the material world and retreated to mountain forests. They shunned public life to lead a life of serenity in either temples with the companionship of a lone light, or remote mountain forests where they ate only simple food and found a complete escape from civilization.
In Chinese culture, giant pandas are often compared to hermits. They seem to understand the essence of life while braving changes over eight million years. They hide on high mountains where few people have ever ventured. They feed primarily on bamboo, seemingly diminished in desires just like that of a hermit. They are muscular and powerful but even-tempered, largely concerned only with their own affairs. They live in utter solitude in the company of flowing mountain springs and the shiny stars at night all the year round. Don't they resemble real hermits?
Another reason that people are so obsessed with panda is because they are incredibly rare. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. As of December 2014, 49 giant pandas live in captivity outside China, living in 18 zoos in 13 different countries. Wild population estimates vary; one estimate shows that there are about 1,590 individuals living in the wild, while a 2006 study via DNA analysis estimated that this figure could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000. Some reports also show that the number of giant pandas in the wild is on the rise. In March 2015, Mongabay stated the wild giant panda population increased by 268, or 16.8%, totaling to 1,864 individuals. However, the IUCN does not believe there is enough certainty yet to reclassify the species from endangered to vulnerable.