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Secret panda colony found hiding in cave

Thousands of pandas have been sighted hiding in underground caves in a remote part of China.

Previously thought to be one of the most endangered species on Earth, these pandas have been living successfully for hundreds of years, in a previously unexplored part of the Shunan Bamboo Forest in Sichuan.

An estimated 30,000 pandas have built their own complex system of housing and bamboo farms and live completely cut off from the outside world.

A Chinese spokesperson said, "To find this number of pandas living successfully is amazing news. We believe that this panda community started living underground to avoid human hunters. We now have to make sure that they stay safe."