Wild Animals

Panda

posted: 04/29/14
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Panda!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Bamboo forests and mountains in China, and of course zoos.

What I Like to Eat: The majority of our diet consists of bamboo. Bamboos also provide the major source of our water. In the wild, we also will eat insects, bulbs, grass and some rodents.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: We make great gifts to countries. The famous pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, were given to President Nixon in 1972 after his visit from China. They lived in Washington, DC's National Zoo until their deaths.

Who We Are: We are cuddly creatures that are the inspiration for children's toys, stuffed animals and animated characters. Our black and white markings are what sets us apart from other bears. Our wooly fur, ears, eye patches, muzzle, hind limbs, forelimbs and shoulders are black, while every other body part is white. We are referred to as "Giant Pandas" "Panda Bears" or "The Panda".

Bon App?tit: Our eating styles are likened to that of humans. We sit up while enjoying our food and hold it in our forepaw (our fingers and large wrist bone that resemble a thumb).

One At a Time: Female pandas can have up to three cubs in a litter, but as a rule, she will only focus on one cub per litter since they are so small and need her to survive. Therefore, if she has more than one cub in her litter, the other one or two might get neglected leaving them with a very slim chance of survival. Cubs are born without hair and are blind at birth. When it's born, the mother never leaves its side for the first week or so. Cubs weigh three to five ounces at birth - about the size of a large bagel.

Endangered Species: It's believed that there are less than 2,000 of us living in the wild. Human poaching and the eradication of our bamboo supply are the key causes of our decrease in numbers.

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