He was paired with Zhuzhu, an “energetic” panda who has given birth to four healthy cubs at the time.
While the pair have shown interest toward each other, they failed to copulate after several attempts.
Without any other option, researchers decided to artificially inseminate Zhuzhu with Qizai’s sperm, but it did not work out and Zhuzhu received another insemination in March 2019 (which produced twins).
With Qizai’s adoption, Pandas International is granted access to him and will receive regular updates about his life.
The Chinese breeding center allowed the organization to adopt Qizai for life to thank them for helping in their daily work and donating vaccines, lab instruments, baby panda cribs and milk powder, according to Xinhua.
Only five brown-and-white pandas have been spotted since 1985, making them a rare part of a species already vulnerable in numbers.
There are currently 1,864 pandas living in the wild around the world, according to World Wildlife.
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