When the hunters were about to extinguish the panda

Farmers surprised a giant panda inside their village in Baoxing District, Sichuan Province, southwest China. According to the authorities who reported the discovery, the animal, which looked good, left the village with the calm characteristic of the species to go back into the forest and disappear into the thicket.

However, apparently simple news like this is deeply exciting for all nature lovers who, in the eighties, were on the verge of witnessing the extinction of this beautiful animal. With a population of around 2,000 in the wild and a strict conservation program run by the Chinese government, the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) seems out of danger. In its latest review of the status of the species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) changed its status on the Red List of Threatened Species, from “endangered” to “vulnerable”. But those of us who follow the evolution of the panda very closely do not forget that the hunters were about to destroy it forever.