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Interesting Facts About the Giant Panda

Giant Pandas are known for their adorable round bodies and black and white color. But there’s so much more than their cuteness. Test your knowledge about this animal, with this quiz.
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
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They’re only found in China and are a symbol of peace for the Chinese people. Unfortunately, only 1860 pandas are left in the wild.
The Bitter Truth
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It was finalized that panda is a part of the bear family after a lot of discussion. Initially, it was thought to be a part of the raccoon family because of a few similarities.
The Final Verdict
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Bamboo is their favorite, counting for 99% of their diet! But, they are omnivores and may eat eggs and small animals. They have sharp teeth and a digestive tract of a carnivore.
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Strict Distancing Rules
They’re solitary animals and come together only to mate.
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They do not hibernate, unlike other bears. In the wild, they may move to warmer climates in winter.
An Interesting Fact
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Surprisingly, the pupils of pandas have vertical slits just like domestic cats. That’s why Chinese people call panda as ‘the giant cat bear’.
An Interesting Fact
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They climb a tree upside down and eventually do a handstand while peeing to leave their scent high up on the tree.
An Interesting Fact
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A panda spends 12 – 14 hours gorging on 12 – 30 kg of bamboo in a single day.
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A panda can poop 28 kilos in a single day! Pandas live for 15 – 20 years in wild and for around 30 years in captivity. So much poop!
The Poo Master
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A female may give birth to two cubs but only one generally survives in the wild. In conservation sites, the other is hand-reared and swapped regularly with the mother.
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Their color start showing after 3 weeks and they open their eyes after 6 – 8 weeks of age. They also become good climbers after they’re 7 months of age.
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A female panda reaches sexual maturity after 5 – 8 years of age and can only be reproductive till its age is 20. Also, she only ovulates for a short time of 2 – 3 day in a year.
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They have 6 toes on their fore-paws. The extra ‘thumb’ is actually an extended wrist bone, which helps them hold the bamboo.
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A panda named Chi-Chi had arrived at the London Zoo, which was the inspiration for their logo while WWF established in 1961.
An Interesting Fact
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