Funding for this research was provided by:
National Science and Technology Program during the Twelfth Five-year Plan Period (No. 2016YFD0501009)
Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation (CPF2017-12, CPF2015-09, CPF2015-07)
Received: 19 March 2020
Accepted: 16 June 2020
First Online: 22 June 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study complied with the guidelines of the Regulations for the Administration of Affairs Concerning Experimental Animals and was approved by the Animal Ethical Committee of Sichuan Agricultural University. No animals were harmed during the sampling process. The written permission was obtained from the managers of the pet shops before the faecal samples were collected.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.