Austria-born panda Fu Hu heads to China

Nov 07, 2012
Panda Fu Hu eats bamboo at the Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna on October 16, 2012. Equipped with a generous supply of bamboo for the long trip, Austrian-born panda Fu Hu was on his way to China on Wednesday, as stipulated under Vienna zoo's contract with Beijing, the zoo said.

Equipped with a generous supply of bamboo for the long trip, Austrian-born panda Fu Hu was on his way to China on Wednesday, as stipulated under Vienna zoo's contract with Beijing, the zoo said.

"Fu Hu got into his transport crate without hesitation and sat down, completely relaxed," said Dagmar Schratter, director of Vienna's where the bear was born in 2010.

Leaving Vienna late on Tuesday, Fu Hu—"lucky tiger" in —slept for most of the road journey to Amsterdam, where he was due to be put on a plane to China later on Wednesday.

In China, Fu Hu will join his elder brother Fu Long, whose birth in Vienna in 2007 was a minor sensation because it was the first time a European zoo had seen a panda born from natural conception.

Given the bears' endangered status and short mating time, zoos usually resort to .

Fu Long, an immediate crowd-pleaser, also had to leave the baroque surroundings of zoo at the age of two under the same contractual obligation. In the wild, this is also the age that a cub leaves its parents.

The 10-year loan of the proud parents Yang Yang and Long Hui, meanwhile, expires in March but the zoo is in talks to extend the contract for another decade.

Explore further: Judging a fish by its color: For female bluefin killifish, love is a yellow mate

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Baby panda officially named at Vienna zoo

Dec 13, 2010

A baby panda born in August at the Vienna zoo was baptised Monday as "Fu Hu", which means Happy Tiger in Mandarin, with his human godfather at his side, Austria's economy minister.

Second panda born in Vienna zoo

Aug 24, 2010

Another panda has been born in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo, the second in Europe to be conceived naturally in captivity, the zoo said Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests

2 hours ago

The meteorite impact that spelled doom for the dinosaurs 66 million years ago decimated the evergreens among the flowering plants to a much greater extent than their deciduous peers, according to a study ...

New camera sheds light on mate choice of swordtail fish

3 hours ago

We have all seen a peacock show its extravagant, colorful tail feathers in courtship of a peahen. Now, a group of researchers have used a special camera developed by an engineer at Washington University in ...

App helps homeowners identify spiders

6 hours ago

Each autumn the number of spiders seen indoors suddenly increases as males go on the hunt for a mate. The Society of Biology is launching a new app to help the public learn more about the spiders that will ...

User comments : 0