Since there are only 1,864 pandas left in the wild, they are all very special. Wild pandas have a relatively low birthrate, making them a particularly vulnerable species. The brown and white fur of ten-year-old Qizai makes him even more unique than the rest.
Only five brown-and-white panda sightings have occurred since 1985 in the Qinling Mountains, the only known location for these rare bears. We’d heard some intriguing tidbits about his future, but the reality was much different. Although the situation may have been dire, at least there’s a silver lining.
The brown-and-white coat of Qizai has drawn the attention of panda enthusiasts for some time. According to American vet Kathering Feng, who photographed him in 2015 and is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, “Brown-and-white pandas have only been observed in the Qinling Mountains.” Genetic mutation could be the explanation.” There are distinct subspecies of Qinling Mountain pandas that are distinct from other mountain pandas.”
A genetic explanation for the panda’s brown and white coloring has been hypothesized, maybe due to a double recessive gene, a mix of alleles, or a dilution factor gene.” “The mother of Qi Zai was a mixed race woman,” she continued.
Since just five brown pandas have been sighted in 35 years, scientists are eager to finally answer the enigma of Qizai’s coat’s unique design. The news of his adoption by Pandas International, a non-profit organization based in the United States, gives us new hope that we’ll ever learn the truth.
A decade ago, we were moved to tears by the story of this huge furball who was found abandoned and weak in the Qinling Mountains in central China after his mother left him and went into the woods. Once at the center, staff nursed him back to health by feeding him panda milk from the panda mums who live there, and he was able to return home to his family.
As all pandas do after regaining their vigor, he continued chewing on bamboo. But the black-and-white cubs would’ve taken it from him if he had. The crew, however, constantly kept a close eye on the friendly giant and ensured that he grew up to be a healthy and robust adult.
A female panda, 18 years old, was expected to bring him happiness despite his difficult start as a cub. Qizai’s keeper, on the other hand, had other concerns besides his pet’s happiness. Also, they were curious as to what gives him his unique coat, and reproducing could have provided clues. A mutation in a gene, according to He Xin, He’s caretaker, could explain it, but there’s no way to know for sure.
Unfortunately, the mating between Qizai and Zhu Zhu failed to produce a baby. Due to panda birthrates being extremely low, this is not unusual. Their own laziness is a factor in this. No matter what. “But he is also cuter,” said Qizai’s keeper, who confessed that the panda was a bit lazier than other pandas.