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Giant Pandas have a lot in common with people who have any form of Digestive Tract Paralysis. Here are some facts:


Giant Pandas: 

Are endangered


Digest only 17% of what they eat (bamboo). Most of what pandas eat is useless bulk that passes through their digestive systems without providing nutrition.


Intestines are 5-7 times the length of their bodies


Must spend as much as 14-16 hours a day eating to get enough nutrition


Are barely able to eat enough food to get all the calories they need so they have little energy to spare


Are about the size of a stick of butter at birth


Have an extra digit to help grab bamboo. It looks like a thumb, but it is part of the wrist bone


Bamboo, their main food source, is primarily made up of fiber and has very little useful nutrition


Have molars 5x the size of human molars


Sleep about 10-14 hours a day


Babies do not open eyes until about six weeks old


It takes so much energy for them to eat so they need to sleep a lot


About 50 Giant Pandas weigh as much as one elephant


They can trot like horses and swim


They have poor eyesight and may walk right past their food


Some snore!


They are not predators


Newborns can fit into the palm of a human hand


They are born pink with little fur

As you can see, a number of those facts make the Giant Panda great to represent DTP! We have a lot in common! Can you relate to any? 


Here are some other interesting facts about Giant Pandas: 


They are Omnivores


Genus/species name is ailuropoda melanoleuca


They eat with their back legs stretched in front of them using their forepaw so to hold their food. The extra digit helps!


They tend to be solitary


They have slightly oily hair on the bottom of their feet to keep them dry in their damp habitat


They communicate by leaving their scents and claw markings on trees


They have scent glands under their short, bulky tails


Their scent markings leave info including age, gender, and identity


They have a vemeronasal organ behind their teeth which help them interpret smells


Share features of a cat such as slit-shaped pupils in their eyes and pads on their paws. Their Chinese name is daxiongmao meaning "large bear cat"


For every six million people in the world, there is 1 giant panda


Sometimes they eat flowers, berries, small animals, or fish, but bamboo is 95% of their diet


Their esophagus' have a tough lining to protect it from bamboo splinters


Their stomachs have strong muscles for mashing and digesting bamboo (what we HOPE for!)