Pandas move to their own rhythms, scientists find

Sep 3, 2015

A mother panda and her cub are tracked in the Wolong Nature Reserve in China.
Credit Jindong Zhang, Michigan State University Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

There's just something about the panda that captures our imagination.

The recent birth of panda twins at the National Zoo caused much excitement, although that was tempered somewhat when the smallest cub died last month.

And pandas have captured the interest of a research team from Michigan State University, which has discovered that pandas truly "march to the beat of their own drum."

Vanessa Hull is a researcher at MSU's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. She's the co-author of a panda research paper published in the Journal of Mammalogy. She joined us today. 

Listen to the full interview above.