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Tourists, pandas found safe after China quake

Still no word on the safety of about 100 pandas at Wolong National Nature Preserve after yesterday's tragic quake, according to the Associated Press.

Zoo officials said that while pandas in the wild have instincts that would lead them to higher ground, the pandas in captivity may not have the skills to survive. About 1,600 pandas live in the wild in the mountains of western China.

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Also, a group of 12 Americans on a panda-watching tour  sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund have not been heard from. Another group of British tourists were visiting the preserve and have not been reached, according to Chinese officials.

Some 2,000 international tourists were believed to be in the area affected by the quake.

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that all 86 pandas at the Wolong Preserve are safe, according to Chinese officials. The group of British tourists also have been found safe, but no word on the American tour group.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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