The panda is one of the most popular animals in the world. All kinds of different pandas are constantly featured on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine. However, despite the fact that pandas have spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about pandas. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Pandas Aren’t That Great at Sex
By that, we mean that some male pandas don’t know how to pick up on female pandas’ signals in captivity. Female giant pandas can only mate a few days out of every year, and the males struggle to realize when these days are.
Number Fourteen: A Panda Can Gain 100 Pounds in a Year
When they’re born, pandas weigh between three and five ounces. Within just one year, though, they gain up to 100 pounds. When fully grown, pandas can weigh up to 350 pounds.
Number Thirteen: Renting Them Is Crazy Expensive
Some zoos in the United States “rent” giant pandas from China. This rental comes at a price, though. Some zoos pay up to $1 million every year just to keep giant pandas there.
Number Twelve: They Eat More Bamboo Than You Could Ever Imagine
In fact, giant pandas can eat up to 85 pounds of bamboo – a day! And in case you’re wondering, yes, that means that pandas poop a lot. They can defecate up to 60 pounds in a 24 hour period.
Number Eleven: Pandas Like Porn
We already mentioned the struggle that giant pandas in captivity experience when it comes to doing the deed. Well, some researchers decided to attack the problem a little differently – by showing a pair pandas who were ready to mate a video of pandas mating in the wild. The video actually helped the pandas figure out how to copulate.
Number Ten: They Don’t Hibernate
Unlike other bears of their ilk, pandas don’t actually hibernate in the winter months. Instead, they migrate to places of warmer temperatures (or are protected from the cold in the zoo).
Number Nine: Females and Males Mature Much Differently
While female pandas technically become adults when they turn five, males don’t mature into adulthood until they’re seven years old or so. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about pandas, coming soon!