A captive-bred Chinese panda has been released into the wild as part of efforts to help the struggling species, but this time with special survival training after one of the animals died in a previous attempt.
Taotao, an artificially bred giant panda born in captivity in Wolong slowly makes its way towards a bamboo forest in Shimian, southwest China's Sichuan province on October 11, 2012 upon its release into the wild. Authorities described Tao Tao's release as a new phase for the nation's panda protection efforts.
Two-year-old "Taotao" was taken from its mother and handlers and delivered to a nature reserve in southwestern Sichuan province on Thursday to brave the real world on its own, state-run Xinhua news agency said.
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