Facts about Pandas

Facts about Pandas

By Sophie


Do you know why pandas have so many fans? I like pandas because I think they’re cute. There are also some interesting facts about pandas.

Not all pandas are black and white. Some pandas are brown and white, but those are very rare. When a panda cub is born, they weigh approximately 140 grams. Pandas grow 900 times their weight from when they are born. It takes five years for a female panda cub to become a grownup, but it takes seven years for a male cub. An average adult panda weighs about 115 kilograms. Pandas grow very fast, in such a short time, probably because they eat a lot and they don’t exercise.

  Pandas eat for 10 to 16 hours, and they spend the rest of the day sleeping. About 99% of a panda’s diet is bamboo because they don’t have the energy for hunting. Pandas sometimes can eat meat,but only when prey lands in front of them. They also like to lick copper and iron. 

Do you know what a group of pandas is called? A group of pandas is called an embarrassment of pandas or a cupboard of pandas, probably because they like to be alone.

I think pandas are cute and I also think pandas are also interesting to study about.

Evolution and Extinction

By Aria


Well, one way animals can come back from extinction is through a process called iterative evolution, which is a really rare and unusual evolution of an animal of the same ancestor that happens two or more times.

An example of iterative evolution is with the White-throated Rail (a bird species) of Aldabra Atoll-an island in the Indian ocean.

A hundred thousand years ago the Indian ocean rose and it swallowed Aldabra Atoll, wiping out all of its wildlife, including a flightless bird named the White-throated Rail. Like its name, the White-throated Rail has a white throat. It also has a red neck, belly, and head, a grey body with a few white feathers, and light grey feet. Then many years later, the sea level went back down and Aldabra Atoll came up. Fossils that were found proved that Aldabra Atoll went under the ocean, since for a long time, there was no life on Aldabra Atoll. The fossils also showed that the bird reappeared when Aldabra Atoll rose above the ocean

This proves that it is possible for animals to come back from extinction.