Lesser pandas, or red Pandas as most people call them are an incredibly rare and highly endangered species that is rarely spotted in the wild. As a result of this they are often taken care of very carefully when in captivity; recently however a new group of red pandas has begun to emerge in a Chinese zoo.
Just this week the group of more than 40 red pandas was moved out of the park into a Chinese national park in southwest China where they will be monitored but allowed to live on their own rather than in captivity. Experts say this is a great sign for the pandas because it indicates that the population is growing as hoped and will eventually be back to a full size population hopefully.
Zoo workers say that the 44 pandas, 13 male and 31 female, are living well together and seem to be adapting well to their new home. Many of the pandas are mating as well so the population is expected to continue growing now that they have much more open area.
In the end zoo workers say it is sad to see the pandas leave but great to see them finally out on their own living in a protected yet open environment. No word on if any of the red pandas will be put back into captivity for any reason, at this time they seem to be having no problem however. You can see the pandas in the video below.