5 Interesting Facts About Giant Pandas

Giant Panda

Here’s a giant panda doing what he does best, eating bamboo

Today I am writing about giant pandas because another one of my friends from school asked me to.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. They are a member of the bear family and have the stomach of a meat eater, but they only eat bamboo.  This means that they have to eat up to 20 kilograms of bamboo every day to maintain their energy levels.  They have very large molar teeth and extremely powerful jaws, enabling them to eat through bamboo stalks that are 4 cm thick.  They also have a thick lining of mucus in their throats and stomach to protect them from splinters when they eat.
  2. Instead of a thumb, giant pandas have a special wrist bone that allows them to grab their food.
  3. Despite their names, giant pandas are not related to red pandas, which are more closely related to raccoons.
  4. Baby giant pandas are helpless at birth and are constantly carried around by their mums for the first 5-6 months.
  5. Giant pandas used to live throughout eastern and southern China and northern Vietnam and Myanmar.  However, due to habitat loss, they are now only found in a few mountain ranges in western China and are considered to be endangered.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about giant pandas?

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