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Giant Pandas

Giant Pandas

Pandas are very fuzzy and adorable. You can find them in the wild and at the zoo. They live in areas with bamboo. The giant panda is a bear species endemic to China The panda, with its distinctive black and white coat, is adored by the world and considered a national treasure in China.

It is characterized by its bold black-and-white coat and rotund body. The name “giant panda” is sometimes used to distinguish it from the red panda, a neighboring musteloid.

Pandas live mainly in temperate forests high in the mountains of southwest China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo. They must eat around 26 to 84 pounds of it every day, depending on what part of the bamboo they are eating. They use their enlarged wrist bones that function as opposable thumbs.

Pandas eat constantly for 12-14 hours a day! Adult panda bears can weigh as much as 300 pounds. Like other bears, pandas can swim! They do not, however, hibernate, as they are unable to store energy over long periods of time (hence their 12-hour eating routine).

A newborn panda is about the size of a stick of butter—about 1/900th the size of its mother—but females can grow up to about 200 pounds, while males can grow up to about 300 pounds as adults. These bears are excellent tree climbers despite their bulk.

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