Shortly after her birth, Zhang Xiang was selected to undergo survival lessons at the Captive Panda Wild Training Project on the grounds of the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China. Handlers, careful not to have the young animals become familiar with humans, usually wear panda suits when offering the young animals lessons on finding food, water and shelter.
According to Sky News, only 10 pandas have been released back into the wild since 1983, though they often have difficulty adjusting to life outside captivity and need to be returned to the breeding center.
Zhang Xiang's early success comes as an encouraging sign for panda researchers hoping to stabilize the endangered species' numbers in their native habitat. Today, less than 1,600 wild pandas remain in China, while around 300 others live in captivity.