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But Mum, I had a bath last night! A mother panda was caught on camera trying to bathe her young cub

The evening bath-time struggle is evidently not confined to the human world.

This is the moment when a mother panda had to literally wrestle her cub into the water as the time had come for its daily wash.

The panda and her cub were filmed during their bathing battle at the Chengdu Research base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, capital of south-west China’s Sichuan Province.

A mother panda was caught on camera trying to bathe her young cub

The video, first published by online channel ‘iPanda’, shows just how tough it is to give a baby panda a bath.

Despite it’s mother’s best efforts, the young cub thrashes and fights back as best it can in order to avoid getting a full-fur cleanse.

With temperatures rising above 30 degrees in Chengdu, the cute residents of China’s foremost panda base are being encouraged to take a dip in the cooling waters to stave off heat stroke.

Pandas, which generally prefer cooler temperatures, are all given pools in their outdoor enclosures, and panda mum Yaoman took full advantage of hers to bath her young cub.

Despite it's mother's best efforts, the young cub thrashes and fights back as best it can in order to avoid getting a full-fur cleanse.

The Chengdu panda base was founded in 1987 as part of efforts to help conserve the endangered, first-class state-protected species in China, and has lead the successful panda population growth over the past three decades.

Panda cubs at the base usually stay with their mothers from birth and are weaned at the age of one, when they already weigh up to 88lbs.

They continue to stay with their parent for another half a year until the mother gets pregnant again, after which they are separated and left to fend for themselves.

However, if the panda mum fails to conceive, cubs can stay with their parent for up to two years until they are finally forced into independence.

 

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