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What does the Giant Panda Say?

What does the Giant Panda Say?


Researchers of a panda breeding center in Southwest China's Sichuan province have decoded 13 different kinds of giant panda vocalizations and found that the results are quite interesting.

Source 中国日报网

Topic Animals, Language, News, Studying, Entertainment

ID M0071

Date of Publication 06-Nov-2015

Rate 132

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自从很早以前,人类就渴望拥有一项特殊能力:听得懂动物的语言,这样就可以和各种动物没有障碍的交流。

Human beings aspire to own a special ability to understand the language of animals for a long time, so that they can communicate with all kinds of animals without obstacles.


然而,即使是对动物学家来说,这也绝对不是一件容易的事情。

However, this is definitely not an easy thing even to the zoologist.


最近就有消息称,已经有科学家们在研究一种特别动物的语言:大熊猫的语言。

Recently, there is news that scientists have been studying the language of a special animal: the language of giant pandas.


大熊猫是世界上最可爱的动物之一,已在地球上生存了至少800万年,现存的大熊猫主要生活在我国的四川和陕西省境内。被誉为“活化石”和“中国国宝”。

Giant panda is one of the loveliest animals in the world. It has been living for at least 8 million years on the earth; the existing giant pandas live mainly in Sichuan and Shaanxi Province in china. They are known as the "living fossil" and "China's national treasure".


目前全球野生大熊猫不足1600只,全中国圈养大熊猫数量为375只。

Wild pandas in the world now are less than 1600, and the number of pandas in captivity in China is 375.


中国大熊猫保护与研究中心自2010年起就开始致力于一个熊猫语言学项目,并成功破译了大熊猫的13种不同的发声方式。

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda has been working on a panda linguistics project since 2010, and has decoded 13 different kinds of giant panda vocalizations.


据中国西南四川省的一个熊猫繁育中心的负责人张和民说,研究者们一开始就记录下该中心的熊猫幼崽和成年熊猫在各种情况下,比如他们在吃饭,交配,照料幼崽,打闹时不同的发声。

Scientists first made recordings of pandas at the center, vocalizations between cubs and adults in various situations, such as when they were eating, mating, nursing, fighting and so on, said Zhang Hemin, head of the center of a panda breeding center in Southwest China's Sichuan province.


然后他们收集了大量有关熊猫的声音和活动的数据,并且分析了声波纹。这些结果相当有趣。

Then they collected a large amount of data on pandas' voices and activities, and analyzed the voiceprints. The results are quite interesting。


熊猫幼崽除了说出"Gee-Gee"(我饿了), "Wow-Wow"(不开心)和"Coo-Coo" (好!)之外,几乎不会发声。

Panda cubs can barely vocalize at all except to say things like "Gee-Gee" (I'm hungry), "Wow-Wow" (Not happy!) and "Coo-Coo" (Nice!).


当熊猫幼崽长大一点,他们将学会如何用咆哮,吠叫,叫喊,尖叫,咩咩叫,叽叽喳喳来表达自己。

When they grow a little, cubs learn how to express themselves by roaring, barking, shouting, squeaking, bleating and chirping.


成年大熊猫通常是孤独的,所以他们唯一的语言老师是他们自己的母亲。

Adult giant pandas usually are solitary, so the only language teacher they have is their own mother.


熊猫在“恋爱的时候” 可以像一只绵羊一样温和。雄性熊猫在向他们的恋人求爱的时候,总是一直不停地发出“咩咩”的叫声。如果雌性熊猫也有相同的感觉,就会不停地用叽叽喳喳声作为回应。

Pandas can be as gentle as a lamb when they are "in love". Male pandas baa all the time when they are wooing their lovers. The females respond with constant tweeting if they feel the same.


张还说:“如果一个熊猫妈妈像鸟一样叽叽喳喳的叫,她可能是在为她的熊猫宝宝感到焦虑。如果当陌生人靠近的时候,她会大声地发出类似狗吠一样的叫声。”

"If a panda mother keeps tweeting like a bird, she may be anxious about her babies. She barks loudly when a stranger comes near," Zhang said.


研究者解释说,这种像狗一样的叫声被理解为她在要求陌生者“离开我的地方”。

The barking can be interpreted as "getting out of my place", according to the researcher.


“我们的研究员在开始这项工程的时候感到如此的困惑,以至于他们怀疑他们研究的不仅只是一只大熊猫,还有鸟,狗或者绵羊。”张说道。

"Our researchers were so confused when we began the project that they wondered if they were studying a panda, a bird, a dog, or a sheep," Zhang said.


这个中心打算继续这项研究。他说“如果我们能够理解它们的语言,那么这就会帮助我们保护这种动物,特别是保护那些野生的大熊猫。

The center plans to continue the study. "If we can understand their language, it will help us protect the animal, especially in the wild," he said.

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