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Panda Characteristics

1. How much do giant pandas usually weigh?

Adult pandas usually weigh between 80 and 150 kg. A male is generally a little bigger than a female.

2. How long do pandas live?

A panda can live for about 20 years in the wild. In captivity, a panda can live for more than 30 years.

3. How long has the oldest panda ever lived?

A panda named u Du?in Wuhan Zoo in central China lived to be 37 years old. She holds the record for the oldest panda to have ever lived.

4. Can pandas vocalize?

Yes. According to some scientists, pandas have over 12 ways of expressing themselves through sound.

5. How many fingers does the giant panda have?

The giant panda has five fingers. However, the sesamoid, a wrist bone, is capable of independent movement that brings it into opposition with the thumb. This is called pseudothumb. This unique adaptation allows the panda to grasp and manipulate bamboo more easily when feeding.

6. Does the giant panda have a tail?

Yes, but it is not easy to see. The very furry tail is only 10-15 cm long and is pressed close to the body.

7. Why is the panda fur black and white?

Giant pandas developed this color pattern through millions of years of evolution. The tree canopy in the giant panda habitat appears spotted. As a result, the panda coloring makes it difficult for enemies to spot a panda in a tree.