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The wild worlds of pandas and chuckwagons
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Muldoon, Kathy
Date: Dec 14, 2006
Start Page: H.2
Section: Travel
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[Mitsuaki Iwago] has been witness to some spectacular sights, and he recently explained some of the back-story to Olympus cameras' online magazine, Pursuit "... when I was photographing giant pandas at the Panda Preservation Center in Sichuan, China, I noticed that at about 7 o'clock in the morning, the pandas would be pacing back and forth in their cages, looking very fearsome and bear-like with saliva dribbling from their jaws.

"But at 8 o'clock, when the keepers brought them their breakfast of bamboo, they would immediately sit down and become the cute, cuddly-looking panda bears that everyone loves. The change in their appearance was quite striking. Whether they live at the preserve or in the wild, pandas are pandas, but the suddenness of the transformation in their appearance at feeding was really remarkable."

photo courtesy of outdoor life network Driver Kelly Sutherland shouts encouragement to his team during one of the chuckwagon races chronicled in Half Mile of Hell on the Outdoor Life Network. photo courtesy of national geographic channel Japanese filmmaker Mitsuaki Iwago obtained rare footage of giant pandas in the wild during a year-long project for National Geographic Channel. photo courtesy of national geographic channel Japanese filmmaker Mitsuaki Iwago obtained rare footage of giant pandas in the wild during a year- long project for National Geographic Channel.

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