Panda bears are mammals that are native to China. Here are some interesting facts about pandas.
Facts About Pandas
- Giant pandas are listed as an endangered species. There are only 1,590 living in the wild. However, this number is increasing. They are endangered due to the loss of their natural habitat and their low birth rate.
- Pandas live for 25-30 years in captivity.
- They have the second longest tails of the bear family. They grow to about 4-6 inches (150mm).
- Pandas eat lots of bamboo- up to 30 pounds (14kg) a day!
- Giant pandas will also eat meat, fish and eggs.
- The Adelaide Zoo in Australia is about to get a pair of giant pandas!
- Baby pandas weigh only 3.2 to 4.g ounces (90 to 130 grams).
- Pandas have been known to attack humans when they are irritated by them!
- Giant pandas have a paw, a ‘thumb’ and five fingers. The ‘thumb’ is just a bone that help them hold bamboo.
- Males grow 10-20% larger than females.
- Pandas have a thick coat of fur to keep them warm in the cool forests where they live.
- Pandas do not hibernate. They just move to warmer climates in the winter.
- In the wild, most female pandas have a new baby (or babies) every two years.
- Baby pandas live with their mothers for 18 months to 2 years.
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