Mollie's Adventures

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Flat teeth

Fun fact of the day…

Strong jaw bones and cheek muscles help pandas crush and chew the thick stalks with their flattened back teeth.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Eating Bamboo

Fun fact of the day…

Pandas grasp bamboo stalks with their five fingers and a special wrist bone, then use their teeth to peel off the tough outer layers to reveal the soft inner tissue.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Only bamboo?

Fun fact of the day…

Giant pandas are technically carnivores, but they have adapted to live mostly on bamboo. They will eat small mammals if they can catch them, though!

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Good eats

Fun fact of the day…

Giant pandas have also been known to eat grasses, bulbs, fruits, some insects, and rodents.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Bamboo

Fun fact of the day…

Strong jaw bones and cheek muscles help pandas crush and chew the thick stalks of bamboo with their flattened back teeth.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Bamboo plants

Fun fact of the day…

The unusual thing about bamboo is that all of the plants of one species growing in an area will bloom and die at the same time. When those plants die, pandas move to another area.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Home on the Range

Fun fact of the day…

The average panda home range is thought to be approximately 1.9 square miles (5 square kilometers), with male ranges larger than that of females. In areas where food is not plentiful, the home range can be larger.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Panda noises

Fun fact of the day…

Pandas make a bleating sound similar to the sound a lamb or a goat kid would make. They also bleat and honk, they sometimes huff, bark, or growl, and young cubs croak and squeal.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Bamboo facts

Fun fact of the day…

Panda bears spend at least 12 hours each day eating bamboo. Because bamboo is so low in nutrients, pandas eat as much as 84 pounds (38 kilograms) of it each day.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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Somersaults

Fun fact of the day…

Giant pandas have unusually thick and heavy bones for their size, but they are also very flexible and like to do somersaults.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html

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