Rare footage shows panda mother with its cub in the wild

This is the first time the nature reserve in Ya'an, China, has captured footage of a female panda with her cub in the wild. (NBC)

YA'AN, China (WTHR) — Rare footage of a wild mother panda with its cub drinking water was released Friday by a nature reserve in southwest China.

This is the first time that the nature reserve in the area was able to capture the footage of a female wild panda with her cub.

The video recorded in June this year shows that the female panda and the cub, around 1-year-old, are in good health.

The nature reserve has so far captured footage of wild pandas seven times.

The area in southwest China is known as the place where the Giant panda was first discovered and reported by the French missionary Armand David in 1869.

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