Fast Facts: Pandas – Part II

Carl Kerby

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope. I’m Carl Kerby.

Today we’re again talking about the Giant Panda. Keep in mind, though, that when we say “giant,” this creature only stands 3-feet tall and measures only 6-feet long. Scientists at first classified them as raccoons, which is probably why they seemed to be “giants.” After watching how they climbed, however, they were reclassified as bears. Males are larger than the females and tend to weigh in at about 250 pounds – that’s the size of an average black bear in America.

Did you know that Giant Pandas are actually omnivores? Even though 99% of their diet is bamboo, they also like to eat eggs, small animals, and other plants. To maintain their unique physique, they’ll devour almost 44 pounds of bamboo every day, which means they consume 15% of their body weight in just 12 hours! To do that, these guys can peel and eat a bamboo shoot in 40 seconds!  Impressive! 

On the next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope, we’ll talk even more about this beautiful bamboo bear. Until then, though, stay bold!

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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