PANDA E.C. - Are Pandas Carnivores Pandas are commonly...

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Pandas are commonly known to eat bamboo, and that is primarily what they eat. However, they also eat tree barks, flowers, and any plant available. Sometimes, they eat small rodents or fish. Pandas have been known to also eat carrion, or dead meat and insects. They do not actively hunt because they have poor eyesight, and they are quite slow movers. In conclusion, pandas are definitely not herbivores, but not exactly carnivores. Pandas are omnivorous bears. WORKS CITED Bry, Laura. "What do Pandas eat?" MadSciNet: The 24-hour exploding laboratory. Washington University Medical School, 29 Jan. 1997. Web. 03 Dec. 2009. <http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/mar97/853971596.Zo.r.html>. "Giant Panda Facts - National Zoo| FONZ." Welcome to the National Zoo| FONZ website - National Zoo| FONZ . FujiFilm, Feb. & march 2005. Web. 03 Dec. 2009. <http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/PandaFacts/default.cfm>. REFERENCE ARTICLE 1: Giant Panda Order: Carnivora Family: Ursidae Genus and species:  Ailuropoda melanoleuca Geographic distribution Giant pandas live in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. They once lived in  lowland areas, but farming, forest clearing, and other development now restrict giant pandas to the mountains. Habitat Giant pandas live in broadleaf and coniferous forests with a dense understory of bamboo, at elevations between 5,000 and  10,000 feet. Torrential rains or dense mist throughout the year characterizes these forests, often shrouded in heavy clouds. Physical description The giant panda, a black-and-white bear, has a body typical of bears. It has black fur on ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs,  and shoulders. The rest of the animal's coat is white. Although scientists do not know why these unusual bears are black  and white, some speculate that the bold coloring provides effective camouflage into their shade-dappled snowy and rocky  surroundings. The panda's thick, wooly coat keeps it warm in the cool forests of its habitat. Giant pandas have large molar  teeth and strong jaw muscles for crushing tough bamboo. Many people find these chunky, lumbering animals to be cute, but  giant pandas can be as dangerous as any other bear. Size
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