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World's fifth brown-and-white giant panda found in NW China

The world's fifth reported brown-and-white giant panda has been spotted in Foping Nature Reserve, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, said local officials Monday.

The panda cub was spotted at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1 by Liang Qihui, a senior engineer of the Foping Nature Reserve Administration, which comes under the State Forestry Administration.

The cub, less than two months old, was estimated to weigh 2 kilograms and believed to be the fifth giant panda of this rarely seen color ever found, Liang said.

"Its eyes haven't opened yet, but it could sense me when I came near it," said Liang, who took a picture of the cub.

"Its mother was a black-and-white giant panda," Liang said. "Now they are living uninterrupted in the reserve."

Many researchers believe that the brown-and-white pandas are a return to the form typical of their ancestors.

But some argue that the brown-and-white pandas are a variation from their usual group while a few others think that they are a new sub-species of panda resulting from the environmental changes of the Qinling mountains.

The first three recorded brown-and-white pandas were found in Foping Nature Reserve, in 1985, 1990 and 1991.

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 Source : Xinhua  Editor: Ivy
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