Welcome dear readers!
It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to pick another item from the bucket list.
Panda bears always look so cute and cuddly, don’t they? You just want to walk up to one and give it a big hug. Unfortunately, if the panda doesn’t happen to be in the mood for affection that day, it can apparently turn quite nasty.
BUT…at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, you can actually hold a baby giant panda! From what I could find on the ‘Net, baby pandas are quite curious about people and welcome the attention, so it’s all good. The facility focuses on wildlife conservation and panda breeding. Along with the giant panda, they are trying to save other endangered species, including the South China tiger, the red panda, and the golden monkey.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to cuddle one of these extraordinary, rare animals, if only for a photo op. For an animal lover like me, it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, well worth the reported $145 US per panda cuddle. Sign me up!
A panda’s pupils are slit-shaped like a cat’s to help them see better in the dark
Female pandas bark to say hello
Pandas are carnivores, but 99% of their diet is bamboo
Recent DNA / serological studies have determined that the panda is more closely related to bears than to raccoons. The panda’s closest relative is the spectacled bear of South America.
Pandas are considered “living fossils” because many of the species they co-existed with are now extinct.