Pandas scared after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake – warning: extreme cuteness alert

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake was absolutely brutal: at a magnitude of 8, and coming in a totally unexpected area, it struck hard. But humans weren’t the only ones affected by it – and they weren’t the only ones scared by it.

The Wolong National Nature Reserve, home to around 280 giant pandas was struck hard by the earthquake as well. As soon as the population recovered from the initial shock, and did what could be done for humans in the area, it was time to take care of the panda.

Three pandas were unaccounted for initially, but many were injured. But as it turned out, emotional scars were much deeper. As you can see, volunteers had to practically carry the pandas into the shelter.

Sadly, only two of them were found living. For the cubs however, a new battle began.

What was noticed was that pandas, especially cubs, always remained in groups after the earthquake. They were just so afraid, they wanted to stick together…

…even when they were having their milk.

This one was trying to find a safe, stable place.

No, please! I don’t want a shot :(

This following pictures don’t need any commentaries – just incredibly cute pandas being taken care of – it’s hard for me not to hug the screen.


Andrei’s background is in geophysics, and he published his first scientific paper when he was still an undergrad; now, his main focus is on how geology and geophysics can be applied to understand and protect the environment. Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science – and the results are what you see today.

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