petocastodianPublished: August 3, 2018Updated: August 6, 201812 views
Published: August 3, 2018Updated: August 6, 2018

Today, the giant panda is a symbol for China.[10][11] It is protected by the Chinese government. Killing a giant panda is a crime.[12] The giant panda may become extinct. It will die out if the forests of bamboo continue to disappear.[13]

People outside of eastern Asia did not know about the giant panda until 1869. The first "Westerner" to see a live panda was a German zoologist in 1916. In 1936, Ruth Harkness became the first Westerner to bring a live giant panda out of China. It was a cub (baby panda) named Su-Lin. The cub was taken to live at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.[14]

In the 1970s, China began showing giant pandas in zoos in the United States and Japan as a type of diplomacy. This happened until 1984, when China changed how this was done. Starting in 1984, China would allow zoos to keep the giant pandas for 10 years, but the zoo would have to pay China up to $1,000,000 each year. Also, the zoo would have to agree that any cubs born would belong to China
Bamboo is the main diet of panda . Ninety-nine percent of the food they eat is bamboo. They eat as much as 40 pounds (18 kg) of bamboo every day. They spend 10 to 16 hours every day looking for food and eating it.[8]

Bamboo is a grass. Sometimes giant pandas eat other grasses. They also eat little rodents or musk deer babies (fawns).[3] In zoos, giant pandas eat bamboo, sugar cane, vegetables, and fruit.[8]

Giant pandas get a lot of water from the bamboo they eat. They need more water though. They drink from the fresh water streams and rivers in the mountain. Melting snow high in the mountains runs into these streams and rivers
North America
Washington, D.C., United States[16]
San Diego, California, United States[16]
Memphis, Tennessee, United States[16]
Atlanta, Georgia, United States[16]
Mexico City, Mexico[16]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Berlin, Germany[17]
Vienna, Austria[18]
Madrid, Spain[19]
Edinburgh, Scotland
Chiang Mai, Thailand[20]
Tokyo, Japan[21]
Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan[22]
Shirahama, Wakayama, Japan [23]
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan[source?]
Seoul, South Korea [24]

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