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Rare Brown Panda Gets A Second Chance After Being Abandoned At Two Months Old

Qizai the panda stands out, but with animals that isn't necessarily a good thing. When he was 2 months old his mother abandoned him leaving this unique little guy alone in the forest to fend for himself. Unfortunately because he was born with brown and white fur instead of the usual black and white, he was often the target of the other pandas who would steal his food. But 6 years later Qizai is happy, healthy, and might even find himself a mate soon.

They don't know why his fur is brown and white instead of black and white because even his mother had black and white fur. Scientists suspect it is caused by a genetic mutation and they hope that if they mate him they will be able to understand any hereditary properties. The brown and white coloring is very rare, with only five sightings of brown and white pandas since 1985.

Adorable no matter what the color, Qizai's keeper He Xin has noticed a few other differences about the panda compared to his black and white friends.  

"He is slower than the other pandas, but he is also cuter. All pandas here have names. When I call out their names, the other black-and-white pandas would react and come to me quickly, but for Qizai, it usually takes sometime to him to realize that. He eats more slowly than the other too." - He Xin, caretaker of Qizai

Xin  takes care of Qizai, spending 18 hours each day to make sure he eats enough and doing okay. Qizai eats up to 44 pounds of bamboo every day now that he weighs in the upwards of 220 pounds.

When the brown panda reaches maturity at age seven, they will arrange for mating. but until then he can continue being his cute self without a care in the world.

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