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Pandas to get fight lessons from dog

Shanghai, Dec. 22 (Reuters): Scientists in China may use a police dog to teach pandas to fight after the first artificially bred panda released into the wild was apparently killed after a battle with other animals, local media reported today.

The Wolong giant panda breeding centre plans to have four pandas raised in captivity live with a specially trained police dog or other animals, the Chengdu Daily quoted reserve officials as saying. The officials could not be reached for comment.

The pandas would learn how to protect themselves by observing the dog, increasing their chances of survival when they were eventually released into the wilds of the far western province of Sichuan.

The world’s first artificially bred panda to be released, a male named Xiang Xiang, was found dead in the snow early this year after less than 12 months out of captivity.

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