Pandas get lonely, too. And they never forget.
The social life of China's national animal has long been a mystery to scientists - until now. Scientists affixed GPS tracking collars onto five pandas in the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwest China to find out just what pandas are up to when humans aren't around. The pandas, whom the scientists named Long Long, Pan Pan, Mei Mei, Zhong Zhong (all females) and Chuan Chuan (a male) wore the GPS trackers for two years, during which scientists tracked their every move to discover a "peek into the panda's secretive society that has been closed off to us in the past."
It turns out that pandas, thought to be perpetual loners, actually hang out together sometimes. Three of the bears - two females and one male - were recorded in the same part of the forest for several weeks on end, suggesting that they "are not as solitary as once widely believed," one of the paper's co-authors said in a release.