Celebrate National Giant Panda Day!
Did you know March 16th is National Panda Day? Here are some adorable pandas and some fun facts about them to brighten up your day!
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Unlike other bears, panda bears don’t hibernate. The reason behind is that they can’t stop eating. Their main diet, bamboo, prevents them from building fat reserves to last them through the winter. So, when the cold winter approaches, they move lower down from the mountains to warmer temperatures.
A panda’s average life span in the wild is 14 – 20 years. There are currently 1,864 giant pandas in the wild but they are very vulnerable and we must protect them.
Pandas love bamboo! They subsist almost entirely on bamboo, they must eat around 26 – 84 pounds of it every day, depending on what part of the bamboo they are eating. But sometimes there isn’t enough bamboo around to sustain the large bears, so giant pandas occasionally supplement their bamboo-diet with rodents, fish, insects, or birds.