YA'AN, China (CNN/CCTV) - In the 7.0-magnitude quake that jolted Southwest China's Sichuan Province on April 20, giant pandas have become special survivors.
Although no deaths or injuries of pandas were reported so far, the rare species at Bifengxia Panda Base -- located 50 kilometers away from the epicenter in Ya'an city -- were found scared by the devastating quake.
Ya'an is home to giant pandas.
In 1869, a French missionary Armand David discovered the giant panda in Baoxing County of the city, making the black-and-white bears known to the world.
According to the video captured by the camera surveillance, when the quake happened on April 20 one panda playing in the garden got panicked during the quake and tried many times to climb onto trees.
"They have definitely affected by the quake, and we have taken some measures to calm them down," said Wang Chengdong, who is in charge of animal management of the base. "Our breeders will spend more time with them to release their strained nerves."
Breeders provided abundant food for the pandas to assure them that nothing is wrong. And for those young cubs who were scared the most, breeders will play with them to put them at ease.
There are 61 giant pandas at the base, and nearly half of them were moved there from the Wolong Natural Reserve five years ago -- when an 8.0-magnitude earthquake happened near the area.
People in Wolong also felt the tremor this time, but the pandas and people there were safe, said Wolong Natural Reserve Chief Zhang Hemin.
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