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Why Pandas Suck At Being Pandas

Pandas rely on bamboo as their main food source, but research shows that they are very bad at digesting it! Will this cause their extinction?

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Undigested Bamboo Showing Up in Panda Poop

“Even though bamboo is their main food source, giant pandas are horrible at digesting it, a new study of their gut bacteria finds.”

Frequently Asked Questions about bamboo

“The following are questions that our customers ask on a regular basis about many bamboo related topics. Growing tips, maintaining, fertilizing, watering, growth habits, etc. The summary of questions is in the right column. Scroll down for questions (in bold) followed by answers (standard type).”

The Bamboo-Eating Giant Panda Harbors a Carnivore-Like Gut Microbiota, with Excessive Seasonal Variations

“The giant panda evolved from omnivorous bears. It lives on a bamboo-dominated diet at present, but it still retains a typical carnivorous digestive system and is genetically deficient in cellulose-digesting enzymes.”

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