At long last, Chinese scientists have decoded the language of the panda, working out the meaning of 13 different giant panda vocalizations, so that we can finally understand what they are always yammering on about.
It turns out that male pandas make a seductive sheep-like “Baa” when they are courting a female, the lady pandas respond with a flirtatious “Chirp” if they are down to be disappointed.
Adult pandas bark to express anger or intimidate intruders, while a mother panda tweets like a bird when she is anxiously trying to find her baby — which seems like it could send some mixed signals.
“Trust me, our researchers were totally baffled at the beginning of the project, we thought, are we studying pandas, birds, dogs or sheep?” said Zhang Hemin, head of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan where the five-year study was carried out, according to Xinhua.
Meanwhile, panda cubs make a “Wow-Wow” noise when they are unhappy, a “Coo-Coo” sound when they are happy and a “Gee-Gee” noise when they are hungry. These are the kinds of insights you can apparently only gain after five years of meticulous study.
Based on the results of their years of research, the center is hoping to develop a “panda translator” using voice-recognition technology that will allow them to discern when a panda is hungry as opposed to horny.
Honestly, we aren’t sure if this incredible breakthrough tops last year’s major panda-related discovery. After years of patient waiting, researchers finally found out what a giant panda looks like when it masturbates. The world has never been the same since.
But this has already been a banner year for panda baby-making and this research brings us one step closer to understanding this noble creature.
Why pandas are endangered.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Sunday, October 18, 2015