a gentle giant
Who can resist the charm of the giant panda bear? His face is rounded, his fur is black and white, and his demeanor is very gentle. Although pandas live only in the mountains and forests of China, they are loved by people from all over the world. However, due to deforestation and deterioration of the natural habitat, very few of them remain. It is estimated that the population of giant pandas corresponds to 2,000 individuals, which is why they are in danger of extinction.
- Although pandas can eat insects, eggs, fish and some rodents, bamboo is the most important food for giant pandas. They spend at least 12 hours each day eating it. Pandas grasp bamboo stalks with five fingers and a sixth finger located on the wrist, similar to the thumb. When eating, they use their teeth to tear through the tough outer layers of the stem and reveal the inner pulp.
- To communicate, giant pandas can bleat, roar, or growl.
- Panda cubs are born blind, furless, and completely dependent on their mother; they are about the size of a stick of butter. The mother panda pays great attention to her little cub, cooing and holding it close to her chest. The young remain with their mothers until they are 2 years old.
- An adult male panda can weigh up to 330 pounds. These bears are excellent swimmers and tree climbers despite their weight.