PANDAS!!

I love pandas! I once belonged to the Atlanta Zoo just so I could go see the pandas anytime I wanted. So here is some information about them, so you can learn a little more. Pandas are native to China and are on the endangered species list. Only about 1,600 live in the wild and only one hundred live in captivity around the world. There are about fifty reserves in China and they protect only 45% of their habitat.There are many names for the Giant Panda, great panda, Particolored bear, white bear and bamboo bear. Pandas are about 4-5 feet tall and weigh up to 300 lbs.

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We all know that pandas eat bamboo, but how much do they actually consume in a day? They eat up to 28 lbs of bamboo and eat for 12 hours out of the day. They do not like to be with other pandas, so you could call them loners. Just by their scent marker, pandas can identify sex, age, reproductive condition, and social status. When a female becomes pregnant, she carries the baby or babies for about 100 to 180 days. The cubs are about 3-5ounces. Some scientists have argued that pandas are actually not bears, but in fact they are.

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Some more random facts are that they have a special bone to hold bamboo with, called “pseudo-thumb.” They use this special bone to grib the bambooo to eat it more easily. Pandas will actually climb 13,000 feet up a mountain to get to their home. A male penis is S-shape and directed backwards, unlike humans.

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