Magpies 'harass' panda for warm fur to pad nests

Female giant panda Zheng Zheng was basking in the sun when a magpie came along and started plucking her fur at the Qinling Giant Panda Research Center in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

The good-tempered panda initially tried to ignore it, but finally got irritated when the bird called on friends to join in the "harassment."

An expert at the research center explained that the innocent interaction is a natural way for the two species to get along. The birds only want some fur to warm up their nests in early spring, which causes the panda no harm.

Zheng Zheng was born at the Ya'an Base of the China Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province in 2012 and moved to the center in 2020. 

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