11 Facts about Pandas

Pandas also called panda bears are bears native to South central China.
They belong to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Carnivora, Family Ursidae, Genus Ailuropoda and Species A. melanoleuca.
What makes Pandas different from other bears are the black patches found mainly around their body, eyes and ears.
A Panda's fur is black and white in colour.

The following are some few facts about the giant Pandas:
1. The giant Pandas which are been captured and taken care of by people (I mean the ones which are in captivity) are normally been fed with oranges, yams, fishes, eggs, etc....
The ones in the wild tend to feed mainly on bamboos. They sometimes feed on rodents, certain meats, selective grasses etc......

2. Excluding the tail, adult pandas are known to be about one point two (1.2) to one point nine (1.9) metres long.
Their tail is about ten (10) to fifteen (15) centimetres long.

3. Male and female Pandas tend to weigh up to about one hundred and sixty kilogrammes (160kg) and seventy kilogrammes (70kg) or as much as one hundred and five kilogrammes (125kg) respectively.

4. Pandas thick coat provides them warmth and coziness in extremely cold environments.

5. The paw of a giant panda is made up of a thumb and five fingers. They normally use the thumb to hold bamboos in the eating process.

6. In the bear Family, the second longest tail is that of the giant panda.( Sloth bears has the longest tails.)

7. The oldest ever giant panda in captivity was called Jia Jia. Jia Jia is a female giant panda and was born in the year, 1978. It died on the 16th of October, 2016. It was 38 years old.

8. On the 11th March 1869, a French missionary known as Armand David received a skin of a panda from a hunter and that was the day the West first knew about the existence of giant Pandas.

9. A German zoologist known as Hugo Weigold is the first Westerner known to have seen a living giant panda. It is known that, in the year 1916, he purchased a cub.

10. In the 1920s, Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt, jr., became the first Westerners to shoot a panda.

11. The first Westerner to bring back live giant panda is called Ruth Harkness. That was in 1936. And that panda was a cub called Su Lin. Su Lin, was sent to the Chicago Brookfield zoo.

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