- Carers in China pretended they were pandas to lure bears into cage
- Their mission was to catch male panda Baxi and female panda Yingxue
- They captured the pair in the forest during the pandas’ back-to-nature training
- Baxi and Yingxue are set to be released back to the wild on November 23
Two Chinese panda keepers pretended they were the black-and-white animals after being sent to catch two bears in the forest.
The two experts were given the mission to find Baxi and Yingxue, two pandas which were undergoing special training so that they could be re-introduced to the wild.
After trying for two days, the carers eventually captured the two ‘shrewd’ pandas in the forest of Hetaoping on November 18.
Workers dressed in panda costumes hold a detector as they try to find pandas in China
Two-year-old giant panda Yingxue is seen walking around by the fence of the training field
According to People’s Daily Online, male panda Baxi and female panda Yingxue were completing a two-year adaptation programme in the Wolong Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda and Tiantai Mountain training field.
They are set to be sent back to the wild from the Liziping Nature Reserve in Sichuan on November 23.
In order to so, carers had to capture the pair of bears which were living a mock wild environment in Hetaoping.
Carers had attempted to capture them since November 18, but they said the task was difficult because the pandas were on high alert.
Footage shows the carers dressed up in panda costumes in the reserve. They believed it was as an essential part of China’s ambition to reintroduce captive-bred pandas back into the wild.
Carers give giant panda Baxi bamboo shoots as they try to lure it into a cage in Hetaoping
Female giant panda Yingxue can be seen enjoying the bamboo shoots before being captured
The two giant pandas (one of them pictured) are set to be released back to the nature this week
The carers carried wireless detector to locate giant panda Baxi and giant panda Yingxue.
Experts mentioned that captive-bred cubs must live devoid of all human contact if they are to have any chance of survival.
On November 20, they successfully lured the two giant pandas into a cage using bamboo shoots.
The bears will be sent into the centre for a check-up before the release.
Xinhua reported that based on Baxi and Yingxue’s survival skills and growth in the training field, giant panda experts concluded that the bears were ready to be set free into the wild.
Experts said Baxi and Yingxue have the ability to look for food and avoid predators.