GIANT PANDA

The giant panda lives in the mountains of central China. It has black fur on ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, and shoulders. The rest of the bear is white. The giant panda has big teeth and strong jaw muscles for eating bamboo shoots. Many people think that the giant panda looks cute, but it can be as dangerous as any other bear. An adult giant panda weighs about 95 - 110 kilograms and can be up to 90 cm tall (on all fours). It spends most of its day sleeping, eating, or looking for food. It mostly eats bamboo, but it also eats some other grasses. In the zoos the giant panda eats bamboo, sugar cane, rice, carrots, apples, and sweet potatoes. There are about 1600 giant pandas left in the wild and more than 300 live in zoos. The giant panda does not hibernate, like many other bears do.

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