Pandas: 15 Interesting Facts You Need To Know
Pandas are animals that constantly seem to be found with bamboo, and they are the kind of animals who seem to just love lying around. This is a way of life that we wholeheartedly embrace.
Because we want you to know as much as possible about these magnificent animals, we have produced a list of some of our favorite (and quite adorable) facts about pandas.
1. China is home to the panda bear.
Giant pandas can be found in their natural habitat in the subtropical and temperate forests of southwest China. Bamboo, the panda’s preferred diet, can easily be found in this wet and mountainous habitat, which is ideal for the panda.
The province of Sichuan is home to the vast majority of giant pandas, however certain regions of the provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu are also home to these endangered animals.
2. Pandas are born with their eyes closed because of a genetic trait.
Pandas are born with their eyes closed, so they are completely blind. They don’t open their eyes for the first time until they are about 8 weeks old.
3. Pandas are timid animals.
Pandas like to keep to themselves and will not enter regions inhabited by people because of this preference.
4. Pandas are known to climb trees.
Even though they have a cute and pudgy appearance, giant pandas are actually quite adept at scaling the branches of trees.
5. They can be dangerous.
Panda bears are one of the cutest animals on earth, but they can also be dangerous.
Their sharp teeth and claws make them capable of inflicting serious damage to humans, so it’s important to keep pandas away from small children.
In addition, make sure their habitat is big enough for them to roam around in – panda bears love space! And lastly, never leave a panda bear alone – they can get very depressed if left alone for long periods of time.
6. You would spend a lot of money on food.
It is definitely not an affordable option to keep a panda as a pet – you would need to shell out a lot of money on food, bamboo, and other necessary supplies.
Moreover, pandas require a lot of care – they are active animals and need plenty of stimulation. If you can’t commit to all this, then it might not be the best option for you!
7. Pandas need large enclosures.
Pandas are excellent animals to keep as pets. They require large enclosures – at least 120 square feet per panda, and they will also need plenty of toys, bamboo and fresh vegetation to keep them entertained.
You must also ensure you have an experienced vet on hand should any health issues arise.
8. They like to be alone.
Pandas are solitary animals and as such, they do better living alone in captivity than in a home environment.
They can become stressed out and aggressive when kept with other animals, which is not easy to provide for them.
In fact, panda owners often have to spend lots of time training their pandas so that they can get along harmoniously together.
If you’re thinking of getting a panda as a pet, make sure you understand all the responsibilities that come with it!
You’ll need plenty of space – at least 120 square feet – bamboo cages will be necessary since panda claws are strong enough to tear wood easily.
You also needto buy regular food and water bowls rather than giant ones because pandas cannot drink from streams or ponds like other species of bears can.
9. The Pandas have 6 fingers
If you’re looking for a family-friendly pet that will make everyone smile, you should definitely consider a panda.
These cuddly creatures are one of the most popular animals in the world and for good reason. They require minimal care – mostly feeding them bamboo and keeping their water bowl full – making them perfect pets for people with busy lives.
They also don’t shed, which makes clean up easier! In addition to being smart and playful, pandas are also resistant to many diseases common among domesticated animals such as asthma and allergies.
If you can provide your panda with an enclosed space where it can wander free (pandas naturally love plenty of space), they will be ecstatic!
10) Pandas are fast
Pandas are one of the cutest animals on earth and if you’re looking for a pet that is fast, agile and playful, panda might just be the right choice for you. They are very clean animals and rarely shed.
Like all animals though, pandas require their owner to provide them with good nutrition (they love bamboo) as well as regular exercise.
Remember too that pandas are wild animals who should never be kept in captivity unless they have been specially bred for this purpose!
11) Newborn Panda cubs are tiny!
Newborn pandas are one of the world’s most popular zoo animals and make great pets.
Keep in mind that at 2-3 pounds, they’re tiny! And as they grow, their weight can increase up to 20 pounds.
So be prepared for your panda cubs to get big fast! When introducing them to other animals in the home, it is important not to overwhelm them – take your time and let them get used to being around people and pets gradually.
Also, provide plenty of toys so that baby pandas have something fun and interesting to play with. And lastly – don’t forget their enclosure!
A panda habitat should be large enough for baby pandas to explore but also contain a food bowl (to keep them fed), a water dish (so they can drink), some beds/caves (for when they want a nap), as well as climbing structures/trees (where they can swing).
12) Pandas eat all day long
Pandas are one of the cutest animals on earth, and they are equally adorable when it comes to their feeding habits. They are mainly herbivores, consuming bamboo leaves, fruits, and roots as well.
Out of all the bamboo-eating mammals, pandas have a unique diet that consists almost exclusively of bamboo shoots!
Since pandas live in warm climates where winters aren’t too cold, they don’t need to hibernate like other animals do in colder climates.
In fact; pandas have a highly specialized digestive system which helps them digest tough bamboo shoots – something that many other mammals can’t even do!
13) Panda bears do not hibernate during the winter
Panda bears are one of the few animals that can survive in cold climates. This is due to their high level of dexterity and adaptations such as a thick fur coat, bamboo diet, and sharp claws & teeth.
During winter, pandas usually eat bamboo shoots rather than fruit which helps them stay warm.
In fact, pandas maintain their body temperature around 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit) even when it’s below freezing outside!
Adult pandas typically weigh about 150-200 pounds so you will not need to worry about your panda becoming overweight if you buy one for your home.
In addition to providing companionship during the lonely moments of winter, a panda cuddler also helps keep your panda bear safe from other animals and humans who may try to touch or feed them without permission.
14) We only recently found out that Pandas are bears
If you are thinking of getting a panda as a pet, it is important to know that they are in fact bears. This can come as a bit of a shock, especially if you were expecting them to be small and cute like pandas!
Despite their bear-like features, pandas are actually quite playful and active animals.
They need plenty of exercise and enrichment so make sure your home has the space for them to run around.
Make sure also that their food options include bamboo or other bamboo based items – this will help keep them healthy and happy.
Make sure you have patience when it comes to getting used to new people and pets in your home – pandas can take time before they get comfortable with others around them.
However, once they do start warming up, these lovely creatures can be really devoted companions!
15) Pandas can make (at least) 11 different sounds
If you’re thinking of getting a panda as a pet, it’s important to know that they can make some amazing noises. They enjoy playing games, cuddling, and making funny sounds.
Not only are pandas great for humans, but they will also get along well with other animals too! Make sure your panda gets plenty of exercise – otherwise it might start becoming destructive or sluggish.
Pandas are one of the most endangered species on the planet, and their habitat is rapidly deteriorating. That’s why it’s so important to keep panda as pets – they provide us with a valuable service and help conserve the species.
There are many benefits to keeping pandas as pets, including enrichment, companionship, and protection of their habitat.
Make sure you research carefully before adopting one, as there are special requirements for caring for these animals.
In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye out for future releases in this guide series about keeping pandas as pets so that you’re fully prepared!
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