We’re all familiar with the concept of playground bullies, but as it turns out, people aren’t the only ones who experience bullying.
This is Qizai, the world’s only brown panda.
Abandoned by his mother at just two months old, Qizai was bullied his whole life by other pandas because of the way he looked. It’s been a tough life for this adorable creature.
Now, before you get too upset, we want to let you know that today, Qizai is happy as ever and thriving as a celebrity in the animal world. But nothing worth it ever comes easily.
When Qizai was found, he was weak and malnourished. He was found in a nature reserve in Qingling Mountains in Central China where biologists believe his mother wandered into the wilderness and abandoned him.
Biologists are confident that his mother was a black and white panda.
It’s believed that Qizai’s coloring comes from some sort of genetic mutation.
The natural mutation, while adorable to us, made his life in the wild a tough one.
Instinctively, animals will tend to shun members of their own species that do not adhere to the normalcies of the species. This is because, in the wild, these differences could stick out as a red flag to potential predators.
So, while we might be able to understand why the other pandas didn’t like Qizai, it’s still very sad to think of him all alone.
But, we have good news!
Qizai is now 7-years-old and happy as ever!
He now resides at the Foping Panda Valley where he is living the good life!
The days of being bullied by his panda cohorts are in the past! He is thriving thanks to the help of his keeper.
Qizai’s personal trainer loves him so much that he plans his life around his schedule.
An average day for him begins at 6 am when Qizai is ready for breakfast. He then doesn’t go to bed until around midnight. The commitment he has to Qizai and making sure that he is always full in happy is a beautiful thing!
Qizai eats 44 pounds of bamboo a day!
‘He is slower than the other pandas, but he is also cuter,’ Qizai’s keeper told MailOnline. He’s described as being gentle, funny, and adorable.
We think that Qizai is the sweetest!
Now that Qizai is happy and healthy, scientists are trying to find him a mate. The goal is to better understand the mystery of Qizai’s fur by being able to closely study the appearance of his offspring.
We’re just happy to see that this adorable, lovable animal has finally found himself a place in the world. And it’s a happy one at that!
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It’s a true Cinderella story of the animal world!
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[Source: Bored Panda]