Giant pandas to inspire patients amid virus outbreak

Authors: Xinhuanet

2020-02-25

In a chat group on WeChat, a patient made a wish: after recovering, he wanted to see giant pandas at the Panda Base.
The patient is in a make-shift hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province.
When Zhang Zhihe heard about the wish, he was determined to make the dream come true in a "special" way.
"I wanted to make a video of the giant pandas so that the patient can see them," said Zhang, director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (the Panda Base) in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province. "I believe that the chubby bears will bring joy and strength."
The project began on Sunday when Zhang and his team started to choose a panda for the video. They also wrote a script for the video, which included all the inspirational words they wanted to share with the patients.
The video's star turned out to be female panda Chenglang. She was born only 42.8 grams and was about the size of a human thumb, making her the lightest giant panda baby at birth in the world. Now, Chenglang has grown into a healthy female panda weighing 18.7 kg.
Zhang said all the giant pandas are waiting for patients to recover and visit them in Chengdu.
The video took 36 hours to make and will be presented to the patients soon.
"Besides the video, we also plan to do a live-streaming session for the patients," said Zhang. "We hope to give inspiration to people through the images of the warm, cute pandas."

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