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Footage of rare takins nursing captured in N.W. China

(Xinhua)    15:16, August 06, 2016
Footage of rare takins nursing captured in N.W. China
Photo taken by an infrared camera on April 19, 2016 shows a herd of young wild takins resting on a ridge at Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve in Longnan City, northwest China's Gansu Province. The infrared camera here captured a rare scene recently, in which a dozen of young wild takins were taken good cared of by several adult takins, as if in a takin kindergarten. (Xinhua/Baishuijiang Reserve)

LANZHOU, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Infrared cameras at a nature reserve in northwest China's Gansu Province recorded wild takins nursing their young.

The pictures feature two or three mature takins tending as many as 15 calves in a mountain forest in Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve.

The mature takins watch over their young while they nap, according to the photos shot from 12:56 p.m to 2:08 p.m. in April this year.

After waking up and foraging for food, the takins lay bask in the sunshine, showed the photos.

The cameras were installed in early April, and when they were checked recently, the pictures were discovered, said Wu Juncheng, head of the reserve's Rangshui River Protection Station.

"These cameras allow reserve staff to see animals in their natural environment," he said.

Wild takins are a protected species. They are social animals that usually live in groups of 20 to 30 and nurse their young collectively.

Takins reproduce in February or March and the calves are fostered by one or more female nursing takins, according to Li Ruichun, an engineer with the reserve.

Covering about 200,000 hectares, Baishuijiang is one of China's largest reserves for wild pandas. It is home to 51 rare animal species, including ten on the top protection list, such as the giant panda, golden monkey, takin and leopard.

Infrared camera footage has also confirmed that takins and wild giant pandas often cross paths.


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(Editor: Bianji,Hongyu)

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