Giant pandas, as one of the world's most iconicanimals, can always create a sensation. So gettingto be the one who looks after the black and whitestars, especially when they are babies, can land onein the limelight too.
Zhang Yue, a keeper at the Chengdu Research Baseof Giant Panda Breeding, Southwest China's SichuanProvince, has recently become an Internet celebrityafter a video showing him feeding eight baby bears went viral in November last year, rackingup 30 million views within a month.
He is now regularly asked to pose for pictures by panda fans.
"Years later, they might no longer recognize me, and neither will I recognize them."
He recalled a panda called Damao with whom he spent two months, both day and night, whilethe bear was in quarantine before it was sent to a zoo in Canada in 2012.
"In 2015, a friend of mine went to the zoo and we had a video call. When I called out 'Damao,' itlooked at me. I think it still has a little memory of my voice," he said.