The Giant Panda And Animals In The Bear Family

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For many decades, the Giant Panda taxonomic classification was being debated since the animal shared both characteristics with bears and raccoons. However, molecular studies suggest that Giant Pandas belong in the bear family. The Giant Panda belongs in the Urisdae, although they have a different early history from the main Ursine stock. The closets relative that the Giant Panda has in the family is the Spectacled Bear of South America. Although, the Red Panda has yet to be classified in which family it belongs, it shares several features with the Giant Panda. They both live in the same habitat, they have similar bamboo diets, and they both have a pseudo thumb.
How Giant Pandas look
Giant pandas have a distinctive black and white fur coat,
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They use their claws to mark to mark tree, and they use their urine as a way to mark their territory. A male Giant Panda will often perform a handstand, getting his rear end higher up the tree so his scent mark will be higher; the panda with the highest marker means that the panda will be viewed as the biggest panda. They are excellent climbers; six month old clubs are able to up trees without any help. Their urine has a distinct smell which tells other Giant Pandas that the territory already has a Giant Panda living there. Since, their diet is bamboo based, Giant Pandas do not have a lot of energy, meaning they do not go hunting or fight much. Giant Pandas are considered solitary and peaceful animals, which will usually avoid confrontation, but they cannot escape they will fight back. They try to avoid fighting, they growl, or bleat like a goat. Giant Pandas do not hibernate, instead they move into areas that are warmer. For example, during the winter the Giant Pandas do not stay in the mountain ranges, they climb down and stay in the cool forest. When the temperature is too hot in the forest the they climb up and live on the mountain …show more content…
A Giant Pandas diet consists almost entirely of leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species. Their diet is 99% bamboo. Considering that bamboo has very little nutrients so Giant Pandas eat about 23 to 36 pounds every day to get enough energy. They use their teeth to peel off the tough outer layer to reveal the soft inner tissue of the stalk. They do sometimes eat other plants and even meat. Their diet is almost completely vegetarian. They will, however, hunt for pikas and other small rodents. As a member of the Urisdae family, Giant Pandas possess the digestive system of a carnivore, although they have evolved to depend almost completely on bamboo. They usually eat while sitting upright, in a pose that resembles a how sitting on the floor. This posture leaves the front paw free to grasp bamboo stems with the help of a pseudo thumb. Giant Pandas get much of their water they need from bamboo. However, they do need supplement water so nearly every day they will drink from rivers or stems that are fed by melting snowfall in high mountain peaks. Central China receives 30 to 40 inches of rainfall and snow

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