Photograph by Li Wei—AFP/Getty Images
A few hours after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake stuck China’s Sichuan Province on April 20, 2013, killing more than 190 and injuring thousands, Li Wei, who works at the Bifengxia Panda Center near Ya’an, captured the photograph above of a terrified giant panda taking refuge in a tree, which made it on the AFP/Getty Images wire and in TIME’s Pictures of the Week.
“A number of pandas had fled, some of them climbed trees, and they remained very scared throughout the day as the aftershocks continued,” Li Wei tells TIME. “For several hours staff tried to coax them out of the trees, but they only came down in the afternoon to drink their milk.”
“The staff was as happy to see that as they would be to see their own children at home eating and drinking,” he adds. “Over the next few days we had to adjust their food and offer psychological care before they returned to normal.”
—Eugene Reznik, translation by Paul Handley
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