Thursday, 19 February 2009
Pandas = New Favourite Animal
Forget koala bears, they're yesterday's news. Panda's are my new favourite thing ever. Just look at them.
Also, a few favourite facts from the pages of wikipedia:
Though the Giant Panda is often assumed to be docile, it has been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than predatory behavior
After mating, the male leaves the female and the mother is alone to raise the cub.
pandas lose their interest in mating once in captivity. This has led some scientists to try extreme methods such as showing pandas videos of mating pandas and giving male pandas Viagra.
The mating season takes place between March and May, when a female goes into her estrous cycle which lasts for 2 or 3 days and only occurs once a year
Copulation time is short, ranging from thirty seconds to five minutes, but the male may mount her repeatedly to ensure successful fertilization
Usually, the female panda gives birth to one or two panda cubs. Since baby pandas are born very small and helpless, they need the mother's undivided attention, so she is able to care for only one of her cubs. She usually abandons one of her cubs, and it dies soon after birth.