Pandas are considered one of the most alluring animals on the planet, but they have got a very strange twist in their evolution.
Pandas are incredibly peculiar creatures. Studied by scientists for decades, there are still many questions surrounding the Panda family.
A study in 1985 did confirm them as members of the bear family, although, they show very different characteristics to common bears.
Pandas are not hunters and they also don’t hibernate like other bears. They also don’t roar like bears, they bleat like sheep. Pandas also don’t seem to like each other’s company as female pandas as they display only a brief coupling for 1 to 3 days a year, which results in a hormonal which occurs whether the panda is pregnant or not.
The strangest anomaly about pandas though, is their choice of diet: bamboo. The ancestors of Pandas were carnivorous. Their digestive tracts are designed for meat and they actually don’t digest bamboo very well.
Studies have shown that during their evolution they lost the taste for high-protein foods. They formed an appetite for leafy greens and luckily their surroundings were bamboo forests, even though an adult has to eat bamboo constantly to maintain its body weight.
So while pandas may look just like bears, they actually behave and live completely differently. With bodies designed to eat meat, they choose to rather crunch on masses of bamboo every day. Somehow, this adds to the mystery that pandas already pose.