At the zoo in Taipei has a new resident – the little panda. Who are the bamboo bears learn in today’s article. Photographs AFP, LETA
Pandu no one confused. Body massive, covered with a thick white fur with black patches around the eyes (“points”), black ears and black paws.
Despite the fact that the panda are carnivorous animals, their rations in most vegetarian. In fact, they eat only one bamboo. On the day of an adult panda eats up to 30 kg of bamboo shoots.
Strictly speaking, like many animals, pandas are omnivores. It is known that in the case of a panda eating eggs, small birds, small mammals and some insects.
The area of males larger than the females who choose the high mountain forests on steep slopes that provide the best shelter for the birth of children in the field of bamboo. In the summer of pandas climb to an altitude of 4,000 meters, in order to avoid the heat.
For years, the precise taxonomic classification of the panda has been the subject of debate among scientists – both large and small pandas are signs of a bear and coon. At the end of XIX century, scientists have studied the four giant panda skins and decided that the Giant Panda – an ancient representative bears almost the ancestor of modern bears.
Bamboo bear is an endangered species, characterized by a decreasing population size and a low birthrate, both in the wild and in captivity at. Scientists suggest that remain in the wild around 1600 individuals. Panda is a symbol of the World Wildlife Fund.
First Giant Panda has become known in the West in 1869, thanks to the French missioneruArmandu David (1826-1900). Pandas soon became popular with the public because of their similarity with teddy bears. Also contributed to the innocent look of a living creates a soft toy made of the fact that pandas are almost vegetarian and eat mainly bamboo.
Interesting fact: The genomes of humans and pandas are the same for 68%.
Zoos of the world can not get the bamboo bear a reason. China offers pandas to other countries in the 10-year lease. Standard lease terms include the rent of $ 1 million a year, and guarantees that all were born in the period of the lease bears are the property of China.
Prior to 2000, the giant pandas in zoos do not breed.
In China, the death penalty for killing a panda.
And this bamboo bear was born recently at the zoo in Taipei.