The Giant Panda

By: Melody Friley

What Does it look like?

It has a white, chubby body with black legs and a broad band of black across its shoulders. It also has a large, round head and small ears. Its face is white with black patches around each eye.

Swaisgood, Ronald. "Panda." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 10 May 2016. Author: Terrance

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How is it taken care of?

Normally giant pandas give birth to a single cub. Even if a female has two cubs, she would normally choose to take care of one and abandon the other. Author: Kelly

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What does it eat?

They eat 99% of bamboo. They also eat grass and occasionally small rodents or musk deer fawns. In zoos, they eat bamboo, sugar cane, rice gruel, a special high-fiber biscuit, carrots, apples and sweet potatoes. Author: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Thomas, Liz “Under Threat: Giant Pandas” 22 Sept. 2009

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Where does it live?

They live in broad leaf and coniferous forests with a dense understory of bamboo. The elevations are between 5,000 and 10,000 feet. Torrential rains or dense mist throughout the year characterizes these forests, often shrouded in heavy clouds. Author: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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What is its lifestyle?

A wild panda spends much of its day resting and feeding. They also like seeking food. Unlike other bears from temperate climates, giant pandas don’t hibernate. Author: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Packham, Chris “Giant pandas should be allowed to die out, BBC wildlife expert Chis Packham claims” 22 Sept. 2009

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