- Panda cubs are born in the summer (July to September is the period which mother pandas give birth) and they may be about six inches long.
- An interesting fact about the child panda is that after their birth, the toddler pandas are blind for two months. They start moving and walking at the age of three months. Initially their bodies do not have any fur, but as soon as they start growing, their bodies produce it.
- The infant pandas weigh around half a pound and they suckle mom’s milk for the first six months. When the baby panda reaches the age of seven months, they begin to climb trees.
- They stay with their mom until the age of 3; after which they can begin living their own.
- When a mother panda holds her baby in her arm, it looks very similar to human mums cradling their babies. It is very exciting to watch pandas grow. During this stage, they like to jump, roll over, trip, and fall around.
- Female pandas ovulate as soon as one year old and are fertile for only 3 days.
- Pandas depend upon spatial memory, not much long term memory.
- Thankfully pandas are one of the animals whose bodies are no longer been used in traditional Chinese medicine.
- Wild pandas predominantly live only in a small area of land in south west China.
- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are currently running an ‘adopt a panda’ scheme. Adopting a panda provides support to WWF’s work by helping to fund projects and keeping the panda (and other animals) work alive.
If you’re a panda lover and curious to see what a smooth newborn panda is like, you could visit a panda breeding & research base.
Wild panda numbers are slowly increasing after years of decline. The International Union for Conservation of Nature announced that pandas have been upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable.” This is a fantastic achievement thanks to the all the organisations involved.