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10 Silly, but True Panda Facts

Updated on November 26, 2009

Here are some fun, interesting panda facts!

1. The panda’s diet is 99% Bamboo - It seems that the panda really knows what it likes. Bamboo has a very low nutrient content, so pandas must eat up to 84 pounds of bamboo per day. Occasionally, the panda will stray from its much loved diet of bamboo to eat grass or even small rodents.

Panda Eating Bamboo
Panda Eating Bamboo

2..     The panda has strange skin coloring – Underneath that fuzzy coating of black and white fur, the panda has some pretty strange skin coloring. Beneath the white fur, the skin is black and beneath the black fur, the skin is pink!

3.     The panda cub can’t open its eyes after birth – It takes approximately 50 to 60 days for the panda cub to open its eyes. Therefore, the mother must stay with the panda at all times, rarely leaving the den.

4.     The panda has huge teeth – Even though the panda looks like an overgrown teddy bear, it can actually be quite dangerous. One panda tooth is on average seven times bigger than a human tooth.

Cute Panda Bear

5. The panda loves to eat – The panda’s diet may consist only of bamboo, but pandas sure spend a lot of time eating it. The panda spends between 12 to16 hours of the day eating!

6. The mother panda is 900 times bigger than the cub at birth – When born, the panda cub is about the size of a croissant. The mother will hold the tiny panda cub (she usually only has one per birth) in her paw, pressing it against her chest to keep it warm and safe.

7. Pandas bleat like goats – Pandas don’t make a scary roaring sound like most bears. Instead they make friendly bleating and honking noises to communicate with other pandas. Or they sneeze in a hilarious fashion as seen in the famous Sneezing Panda video:

panda bears sleeping
panda bears sleeping

8. Pandas are solitary animals – Pandas enjoy their own company. They are usually alone and only socialize with other pandas when they want to mate.

9. Pandas don’t hibernate – Unlike most other bears that live in moderate climates, the panda’s food source, bamboo, is available year-round. Additionally, because bamboo has a low nutrient content, pandas are unable to pack on enough pounds to hibernate.

10. The Panda sits while eating – The panda has good manners. Instead of standing while eating food, the panda will sit in order to use its front paws to hold the bamboo shoots.


Help save the Panda

Although pandas have been on the earth for almost 3 million years, they are now facing extinction. There are only about 1600 pandas that survive in the wild today and live in the mountain ranges of central Chinese provinces. The panda’s greatest enemy is man who, through poaching and environmental degradation, has left the panda without a safe habitat to thrive as a species. However, efforts to increase the panda species are being met with success and the panda population is starting to be revitalized. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, along with other research centers, are working along with generous donors to help save the panda. You can help too:

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      smartin55 7 years ago

      I love the pandas.

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      hannahz 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      me too... *sigh*

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      kuboje 7 years ago

      So sad. They should grow more bamboo forests to save those playful pandas.

      Nice hub, I enjoyed it a lot.

      Waiting for more.

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      hannahz 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you! The conservations are working, so hopefully there will be more pandas soon!

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      Carl "Fitness" 7 years ago from Boston, MA

      Great Hub. I love pandas, and I enjoyed finding out more about them. Thanks for taking the time to share this info!

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      deamon99 7 years ago

      that picture of pandas sleeping cute

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      Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      They are so amazing. I remember a television show I saw of a mother giving birth to a cub and how the mother held the cub so gently was so touching. The babies, like you said, are sooo tiny. It's almost unbelievable that such a large creature has such a small "child".

      Good piece.

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      dianew 7 years ago from Spain

      A great hub, thanx, I've always been fond of Pandas

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      hannahz 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yes, Pandas are quite cute!

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      fizzywoz 7 years ago

      This is brilliant!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Thanks for the great info. I've always been fascinated by pandas.

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      Kittenn Sixx 6 years ago

      Pandas, ARe just amazinng:)

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      Grace 6 years ago

      I LOVE pandas so much. They are the cutest animals EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but the sad thing is that they are really endangered. GO PANDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Granny Pat 6 years ago

      I just love the pandas! I want to be one when i grow up! Ha ha ha! God bless

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      Kevin Schmelzlen 5 years ago from Julian, CA

      Thank you for these fun facts!

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      panda 5 years ago

      panda

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      pandastreet 5 years ago

      it's sad how the panda are being TURN INTO RUGS THAT'S REALLY,REALLY,REALLY,AND REALLY SAD : ( AND MEAN SELFISH People

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      Ilovepandas123 5 years ago

      Pandas are so cute! I wish people (hunters) wouldn't kill them.... D;

      Go pandas!(:

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      rosa 5 years ago

      cool io

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      ilovepandas 5 years ago

      I LOVE PANDAS THE MOST!!!!!!!

      I HAVE 4 MASSIVE PANDA TEDDIES AND LOADS OF PANDA THINGS! I LOVE THEM MORE THAN U!

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      Breauna Akers 5 years ago

      I LOVE PANDA'S CAN I JUST LIVE WITH THHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMMMMMM??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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      Panda 5 years ago

      Pandas are my first favorite animal. In forthh grade, i made a presentation to my class about the cute panda, they liked the panda, then i told them about their danger. WWF!

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      Pandagirl 5 years ago

      Pandas are the best animals ever and it's horrible how people are killing pandas. They should be ashamed. Great job btw!!!!

      SAVE THE PANDAS

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      Julian 5 years ago

      I love pandas there amazing people need to figure out a way to get them to mate faster and or put it in like they do with cows and then hire a sniper to take out all the people who hurting pandas :D {GO PANDAS}

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      carla 5 years ago

      i lova zebras n pandas

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      Grace 5 years ago

      and it is because of chinas population...

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      bob 5 years ago

      pandas are like sooooooooooooooooo cute.

      THEY ARE SOOOOOO FLUFFY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ilovepandas 5 years ago

      i love pandas sooooooooooooo much i have like 5 at home(not real) they are so amazing i realy want one. People should stop killing them they are the best animal on this plant!!!! peace to the pandas!!!!!!!! :)

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      ilovepandas 5 years ago

      hey grace girl do you like pandas because i do we can have a commet club

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      pandasftw 5 years ago

      Pandas are the bestest thing ever known to man kind

      Pandas ftw

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      nataly macas 5 years ago

      they are so cute i what to marrie whon and have you know

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      karla illescas 5 years ago

      i had something in the bed whith my panda

      class ms tao

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      nataly macas 5 years ago

      i whant to have sex whith a panda

      ms tao

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      emely solis 5 years ago

      i whant to have sex whit a panda

      ms Tao

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      ebany tapia 5 years ago

      pandas are the most cutest animals

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      janet gomex 5 years ago

      pandas are so stupid because of ms freaking tao

      you are a the b word

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      PANDAZ ROCK!!!! 4 years ago

      PANDAZ PLZ BE OK YOU PANDAZ ARE SOOO FULFYY!!!!!!!!

      GO PANDAZ GO!!! GO PANDAZ GO!!

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      09/10/12 4 years ago

      Awwhhh! I kinda like Pandas.. They're like big teddy bears, I just want to hug 'em. Anywho, great facts! In my class were studying habitats for animals, I picked Pandas.

      PANDA EXPRESS :)

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      sadfasdf 4 years ago

      PANDAS ARE SOOOOOOOO CUTE

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      letsgo2digital.blogspot.com 4 years ago

      Pandas So So Cute

      Follow Me here beauty and body care , relationships tips and advices ,Romantic ideas just follow me here : http://4lifestylz.blogspot.com

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      emelysolls 4 years ago

      i really love themm

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      cry 4 years ago

      SAVE THE PANDAS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 4 years ago

      I HATE PANDAS! I HATE EVERYTHING THAT DOEN'T START WITH M UNLESS IF IT'S MY FAMILY! DON'T SAVE PANDAS!

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      Maggie 4 years ago

      MY CLASS IS DOING A SPEECH PROJECT AND I CHOSE THE PANDA. WELL MY MOM ALSO HELPED. OH AND DON'T LITSEN TO MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM CAUSE I THINK IT'S RATHER RUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SAVE PANDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      amber macaly 4 years ago

      I love pandas they are sooooooooooooooooooooooo cute i just wish that i could just have one as a pet .

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      panda 4 years ago

      I have one thing to say pandas are awsome

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      Victoria Lynn Goza 4 years ago

      I lost my appitite when they said when pandas are done with bamboo they eat small rodents even though they will get tired of bamboo.

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      I HAERT PANDAS!!!!!!! 4 years ago

      I love pandas so much my nickname is mamba panda

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      bb 4 years ago

      oooooooooooooooooo

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      M L Morgan 2 years ago

      Too cute!

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      I am Panda 16 months ago

      I am Panda.

      I am a superhero.

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