- Pandas forage for food 10-16 hrs a day and sleep the rest of the time
- They eat 20 to 40 pounds of bamboo a day
- 99% of a panda's diet is bamboo and they only digest 20% of the bamboo...
- Which is why they poop up to 50 times a day!
Just in time for the Olympic Games, a pair of giant pandas have been born in China.
Bei Bei and Huan Huan have been named after two of the Olympic mascots because they were born on the second day of the 2008 Games.
The twins were born to 9-year-old 'Qi Zhen', who gave birth after a pregnancy extending over 100 days. The birth took place at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, near Chengdu, in Sichuan province.
Check out the gallery of these poor, nameless baby pandas... do you feel sorry for them because they only have numbers as their names? Then start making suggestions- they need you!
I'm not playing favorites but here are some of the cutest shots:
All photos from The Research and Conservation Center for Giant Pandas.
Back in May we wrote about Xiang Xiang, ..."a 4 year old that "became the first panda born in a laboratory from an artificially inseminated mother, raised in captivity in China and released into nature to fend for himself."
At the time, a scientist said, ""has mastered the ability to adapt to living in a wild environment...can live without being taken care of... has become sensitive and alert to human beings.... He wants to have his own territory, and he has acquired a sense of self-defense."
The only captive-bred giant panda to be released into the wild has gone missing after being badly beaten by a rival for territory, food or a mate.
In a major setback for China's efforts to replenish the endangered species with animals reared in zoos, Xiang Xiang has broken at least one bone and could be in danger, a leading Chinese zoologist said.
"Xiang Xiang has been badly hurt in a competition with other pandas," said Zhang Hemin, the director of the Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda. "We think he fell from a high place after being chased up a tree by a wild panda."
Pandafix discussed the ongoing panda politics between China and Taiwan way back when and this is still not settled.
China is still pushing for Taiwan to accept Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan and now some panda experts are concerned that the two won't be able to mate because of the delays... (this link is to video and there is a 30 second commercial proceeding the report.)