There were all ages of people visiting and this one was one of the cutest.
These are "lesser pandas" and they were the size of very chubby foxes and quite striking. And yes, they were loose and walked the same trails as the humans. We all moved out of the way quickly when they passed. Notice the claws.
Life is quite stressful for the adults as these pictures attest.
Most of their diet consists of eating bamboo. Since they only digest 20% of what they eat, they spend much of their time eating. The employees spend much of their time washing and preparing the bamboo sticks. We had a great time there!