Mammal

Giant Panda

Area: 
China
Habitat: 
Forests
Food: 
Bamboo, grasses, bulbs, some insects and fruit
Size: 
5 feet long
Babies: 
Cubs are born hairless and with their eyes closed.
They seem pretty quiet, but giant pandas can bleat, roar, growl, and honk.
The Bamboo Bear

 

For a long time, scientists weren’t sure if giant pandas were bears or perhaps more closely related to raccoons. Now we know that giant pandas are indeed members of the bear family, similar to other bears in their general looks and the way they walk and climb.

 

Bamboo is the most important plantAny living thing that is not an animal. Plants live on sunlight and water instead of food. Plants generally cannot move on their own, and are not able to smell, hear, see, or touch. in a giant panda's life. They spend at least 12 hours each day eating bamboo. Pandas grasp bamboo stalks with their five fingers and a special wristbone. They use their teeth to peel off the tough outer layers of the stalkTo creep silently and slowly towards something without being seen. to reveal the soft inner tissue. They also eat the leaves.

 

Giant pandas are only about the size of a stick of butter at birthThe beginning of an animal's life., and they're hairless and helpless. The panda mother gives great care to her tiny cub, usually cradling it in one paw and holding it close to her chest. For several days after birthThe beginning of an animal's life., the mother does not leave the denThe home or dwelling of an animal, usually in the ground, a tree hollow, or a cave., not even to eat or drink!