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Panda painting pictures in Austria

2018-10-23 23:10
Yang Yang, a female panda in Vienna's Tiergarten Schonbrunn zoo who took up her bamboo paintbrush earlier this year, has begun to paint images that her keepers say resemble other zoo animals. Zoologist Eveline Dungl shows off paintings by Yang Yang in which she says she can recognise a drinking giraffe and a chicken. Other paintings resemble an elephant and a swan, keepers say. Dungl says Yang Yang has a lot of fun making the paintings, and her technique depends on how she feels during the day - sometimes she makes big sweeping movements, while at other times she only moves the brush very gradually. Yang Yang's paintings are sold to raise money to finance a book in English and German about the zoo's pandas. Global interest in her paintings and the book grew to such an extent that the zoo has started a crowd-funding campaign where funders can bid for rewards to get their copy 'signed' by Yang Yang among other prizes. The book will feature photographs by Daniel Zupanc, who has been photographing the zoo's pandas for a decade. Yang Yang and her mate Long Hui arrived in 2003 and had five offspring together. Their cub Fu Long, born in 2007, was the first panda to be born without human intervention in Europe. For the moment, their twin cubs Fu Feng and Fu Ban still live with their mother in Vienna, but will move back to China like the rest of their siblings under an agreement with Chinese authorities. Long Hui died in 2016.