Interesting Facts About PANDAS

The Panda is a bear native to central-western and south western China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the panda's diet is 99% bamboo. Here are some interesting facts about these creatures :-

1. A newborn panda cub is 1/900th the size of its mother and is comparable to the length of a stick of butter.

2. A panda’s paw has six digits – five fingers and an opposable pseudo-thumb it uses merely to hold bamboo while eating.

3. Historically speaking, pandas are one of the few animals whose parts have not been used in traditional Chinese medicine.

4. Baby pandas weigh only 3.2 to 4.g ounces (90 to 130 grams). In the wild, most female pandas have a new baby (or babies) every two years.

5. Pandas live for 25-30 years in captivity. Baby pandas live with their mothers for 18 months to 2 years.

6. The first panda came to the United States in 1936 – a cub to a zoo in Chicago. It took another 50 years before the States would see another.

7. Of all the members of the bear family, only sloth bears have longer tails than pandas.

8. Pandas eat lots of bamboo- up to 30 pounds (14kg) a day !

9. Giant pandas are listed as an endangered species. There are only 1,590 living in the wild. However, this number is increasing.

10. Pandas have been known to attack humans when they are irritated by them!

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