Panda cubs have ID mi­crochips

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

All 17 pan­das born last year at Shen­shup­ing pro­tec­tion base in Sichuan’s Wo­long Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve have had ID mi­crochips im­planted to trace their move­ments and keep records of their growth. “The ID chip is half the size of a grain of rice,” says Li Desh­eng of the China Con­ser­va­tion and Re­search Cen­ter for the Gi­ant Panda. “It con­tains a unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion code and, us­ing a sen­sor, the panda’s ba­sic in­for­ma­tion such as health records and age can be re­trieved.” Li says de­tailed records will be stored on a com­puter database to bet­ter an­a­lyze and man­age the pan­das. All pan­das at the cen­ter, ex­cept those that are too old, now have the chips im­planted.

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