13 Panda Facts That Will Make You Love Them Even More

13 Panda Facts That Will Make You Love Them Even More

Because who doesn't want to know more about the most adorable animals on the planet?

Panda Fact #1: Pandas have huge growth spurts

Picture of a cute giant panda baby.Maciej Bledowski/Shutterstock

Pandas grow from tiny to massive in a few short years. Pink, blind, and hairless, panda infants weigh just three to five ounces and have been compared in size to a stick of butter. But within a year, pandas tip the scales at around 100 pounds; fully mature pandas can be up to six feet long and reach 350 pounds. This isn't one of the only panda facts that will surprise you, there are a lot of panda facts that the average person doesn't know!

Panda Fact #2: Pandas eat a lot of bamboo

panda eating bambooDenis Galushka/Shutterstock

We can't talk about panda facts without mentioning their love of bamboo. Giant pandas are technically carnivores, but their diets consist nearly exclusively of bamboo. Because the plant lacks much nutritional value, pandas eat up to 85 pounds of bamboo a day to maintain their energy levels and can scarf down a shoot in about 40 seconds. (Don't worry, their throats have a special lining to protect against splinters.) But all that fiber has side effects: An adult panda can produce more than 60 pounds of droppings in 24 hours.

Panda Fact #3: Pandas have six fingers on each paw

Giant panda bear (Ailuropoda Melanoleuca), ChinaDon Mammoser/Shutterstock

Unlike other members of the bear family that have little or no dexterity in their paws, pandas have opposable "thumbs," along with five other fingers, that help them hold bamboo and remove the plant's stems and leaves before eating. Like these panda facts? Check out these 23 "facts" about animals that just aren't true.

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