The animals at the Calgary Zoo never fail to make us smile. It's home to some of the most adorable creatures from all over the world. This weekend, a video of two Calgary Zoo pandas made its way on Twitter and it's everything you didn't know you needed.
Pandas are truly lovable. From their sweet nature to their roly-poly bodies, people cannot get enough of them. Brother and sister Jia Panpan and Jia YueYue are no exception.
On December 8, visitor Stacy de Lima shared a video of them acting exactly as siblings would.
In the video, Jia YueYue gives a big yawn and, too lazy to set herself upright, falls over right onto her sleeping brother. She rolls over his body, who doesn’t even wake from his slumber.
The Calgary Zoo responded to the video, “What better place to sleep than directly on top of your brother?”
According to the establishment's website, Jia Panpan and his sister Jia YueYue are four of the giant pandas residing there.
In April of 2018, the duo came to Calgary and was welcomed by visitors on May 7, 2018. They were born at the Toronto Zoo in 2015.
The facility's website states that when panda cub twins are born, the female often will only care for one offspring. Thankfully, the Toronto Zoo Animal Care staff was on hand helping the mother, Er Shun, care for them.
These two siblings have tons of personality. Panpan is a young male whose name means “Canadian Hope.”
Panpan is cautious but can be cunning at times. He is often caught by handlers provoking his sister.
Yueyue’s name means “Canadian Joy.” Also an ambassador for her species, Yueyue enjoys games and challenges.
She is described as smart and curious and to put up with her brother, she needs quick wit on her side.
These two troublemakers have been a major hit through the “Panda Passage” exhibit.
In May 2018, they helped the Calgary Zoo achieve an all-time attendance record, welcoming 190,067 visits throughout the month.
The previous record was set in 2003 with 147,285 visitors in the month of May during the Destination Africa exhibit.
Giant panadas mostly live in six small, dense bamboo forests in central China. Their status on the conservation list is listed as vulnerable, so the Calgary Zoo is working incredibly hard to conserve the species.
Earlier this year, they announced that their female panda — and mother of the twins — was ready to breed. In order to make this breeding a success, a collaborative program was launched that involved hormone monitoring and artificial insemination.
This is the first time the facility has done a breeding program with giant pandas. Should Shun’s breeding be successful, they will contribute $1.4 million to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China for every year that she stays at the Zoo.
She is expected to stay in Calgary for five years, which means five years of funding will go towards supporting conservation initiatives like research, breeding, habitat protection, and reintroduction science.
Right now, you can visit these lovable animals in the Panda Passage. You can also watch them live on the 24-hour live PandaCam and it’s just as adorable as it sounds.