Overview of the Panda
The Giant Panda, also known simply as the panda, is
a species of bear native to China. While the dragon
has traditionally been China’s national emblem, the
panda has also served this role, especially recently.
The scientific name of the giant panda literally means
“black and white cat-foot”. Although it belongs to the
order Carnivora, the panda has a diet that is 99% bamboo.
It consumes between 20 to 30 pounds of bamboo shoots
a day. Due to the fact that all bamboo within a species
has synchronized regeneration, flowering and death,
the Giant Panda must have at least two different species
available in its range to avoid starvation.
Due to the panda’s appearance, it is often assumed
to be harmless. However, it has been known to attack
humans out of irritation. Full grown pandas measure
5 feet long and 2.5 feet tall at the shoulder, and can
weigh up to 330 pounds. The panda also has the second
longest tail in the bear family, with a tail length
of up to 6 inches. The Giant Panda's paw has a thumb
and five fingers. Despite the shared name, habitat type,
and diet, and shared sixth digit, the Giant Panda and
Red Panda are only distantly related.
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