There has been a lot of excitement about Pandas this year in Toronto. Panda’s you say… but Canada does not have any Pandas. Well they may not be native Pandas, but we do have 2 cute Pandas that are on lone to us from China. I would say the Panda-monium fever stretched all across Canada with the arrival of Er Shun and Da Mao – 2 Giant Pandas that were joining the Toronto Zoo for the next 5 years. Their arrival was broadcast live on TV, heck even our Prime Minister was there!
And it is easy to see why people are so excited, Pandas are adorable! From rolling around playing in the dirt to eating “branches” as Monkey calls them, the Pandas will captivate your attention. Telus, who has been a long standing supporter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has made the Pandas the star of many of its commercials for 2013. These computer animated critters will melt your heart just as much as the ones at the zoo. You can check them out here:
Want to learn more about these adorable animals? Here are some interesting facts about Giant Pandas:
- Giant Pandas can spend up to 16 hours a day eating over 10 kg of Bamboo!
- Make sure you get your check ups at the dentist – a Giant Panda’s teeth are 7x larger than a human’s teeth which helps with chewing and eating bamboo
- What goes in must come out – given the amount that Giant Pandas eat they can poop up to 40 times a day!
- It can be difficult to determine if Giant Pandas are male or female until they are over 4 years old, genetic testing is usually done to confirm the gender of Pandas in captivity.
- Panda Cubs are born blind and have short sparse white hair. They weigh in at under 200g and are about the size of a stick of butter.
- Following ancient Chinese traditions, Giant Panda cubs are not to be named until they are 100 days old.
So what can YOU do to help make sure the Giant Pandas are protected for years to come? Visit the WWF website to find out how you can take action. And if you would like a miniature Giant Panda to come home with you, you can adopt your very own (they make great gifts too!). Join in on the Panda-monium fun – go visit the Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo or find out how you can support this fascinating species!
Disclosure: I was provided samples of some of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review. All opinions are strictly my own.