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A black-white bear native to central-western and south western China

  • Giant panda is a type of bear.
  • They have a black-and-white coat.
  • Its paw has a "thumb" and five fingers; the "thumb" is actually a modified sesamoid bone, which helps it to hold bamboo while eating.
  • They typically lives around 20 years in the wild and up to 30 years in captivity.
  • Though they are docile, they attack human out of irritation rather than aggression.
  • The panda is a conservation reliant endangered species.
  • A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country.
  • Though they are Carnivora, their 99% of diet is bamboo stalks and leaves.
  • The San Diego Zoo named the sixth giant panda born as 'Little Gift' at a public ceremony held at the Zoo on November 13, 2012.
  • Loans of giant pandas to American and Japanese zoos formed an important part of the diplomacy of China. This practice has been termed "Panda diplomacy".
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