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It’s a panda on stilts! Famed wildlife photographer Steve Bloom spent a week in China’s Wolong National Nature Reserve, moving among the pandas, who get to roam free near the Sichuan mountains.
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EYES OF A PANDA
“The thing about pandas is the eyes,” Bloom tells PEOPLEPets.com. “They are surrounded by black, so from a photographic point of view, it’s quite hard to get any detail into the eyes.”
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BEAR IN MIND ...
It’s important to remember that pandas are bears, Bloom says. “They look cute and that makes us want to go up and cuddle them, [but] they are not to be messed with.”
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BIG BEAR HUG
Blooms says it was enchanting to see the mother bears with their cubs, and this photo serves his mission: “It’s important to get a picture to connect with people and make them aware of how important it is to protect these animals’ habitats.”
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GIANT BAMBOO, MEET GIANT PANDA
The most memorable part of photographing the pandas? For Bloom, it was seeing “those mountains and to see a panda against these incredible landscapes.”
Click here to read more about Steve Bloom’s animal photography.