The National Zoo's panda uses a rod to make brush strokes on a canvas
It’s good for people to have a hobby — and apparently the same is true for pandas.
The cub, who turns 3 next week, uses a rod — placed half in her cage, half out — to make brush strokes. The rod reaches a canvas being held by a trainer outside the cage, and when needed, paint is reapplied by the trainer.
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“Her natural behavior of using her pseudo thumb to grab bamboo, we’ve taken that behavior and made the special paintbrush that allows her to paint,” one trainer told WUSA. The zoo calls the activity “enrichment training.”
Soon, Bao Bao’s masterpieces may be sitting over someone’s sofa. WUSA said her paintings will be up for auction at upcoming fundraisers.