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Panda Facts

  • Female giant pandas are only receptive to breeding once a year for a period of 24 to 72 hours
  • A giant panda is born pink, hairless, blind and is 1/900th the size of its mother (about the size of a stick of butter)
  • 99% of a giant panda's diet consists of bamboo
  • A giant panda's digestive system is more similar to that of a carnivore than a herbivore, yet they have adapted to a vegetarian diet of bamboo
  • A giant panda may eat 12-38 kg of bamboo a day
  • In the wild, a giant panda spends 10 to 16 hours a day foraging and eating. The rest of its time is spent mostly sleeping and resting
  • Unique physical features that help pandas to hold, crush and eat bamboo are broad, flat molar teeth and an enlarged wrist bone that functions as an opposable thumb
  • Giant pandas do not hibernate like other bears do
  • Giant pandas make a bleating sound similar to the sound a lamb or young goat (kid) would make