|From watching Planet Earth, I learned a few things about giant pandas which make me question how the animal is still in existence:
All in all, pandas seem to lack any type of "survival of the fittest" instinct. Poor pandas. #nature
- A panda's diet consists almost entirely of bamboo shoots, which provide little nutritional benefit. For that reason, pandas don't hibernate; they wouldn't survive long without a belly full of nutrition-less bamboo.
- "Because of the synchronous flowering, death, and regeneration of all bamboo within a species, pandas must have at least two different species available in their range to avoid starvation." (from wiki)
- Because of increased temperatures in their normal habitat, pandas have moved to higher elevations, where less species of bamboo are available, thus further limiting their food sources.
- Baby pandas are born completely helpless and defenseless, so they require the mother's undivided attention. If a mother gives birth to more than one baby, she only has time to care for one, so she'll let the other one(s) die.
- "Breeders and biologists often experience difficulty in inducing captive pandas to mate." (from wiki)