What are the different types of pandas?


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There are two types of pandas in the world: giant pandas and red pandas. Both types are considered endangered species. The giant panda is the more common of the two species.

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Giant pandas are typically black and white, as is often seen in product labels and commercials. They give birth once a year, and their cubs weigh around 0.3 pounds at birth. The cubs are blind at birth and have entirely white fur that develops black stripes a month later. They're nursed for about six months, getting fully weaned by nine months. At 1 1/2 years old, the cub goes to live on its own, maturing at between 5 and 7 years old.

Adult giant pandas often live for 25 years and never hibernate. They can weigh an astonishing 350 pounds and stand between 3 1/2 and 5 feet tall. They lead a solitary life.

The red panda is also called the lesser panda and looks more like a raccoon. It's reddish brown in color and much smaller than its cousin. It weighs between 6 and 12 pounds and is about 2 feet tall.

The red panda, like the giant panda, originates from China and Tibet. However, it also inhabits parts of India, Nepal and Burma. Being a climber, it spends most of the time in tree tops. It mainly eats roots, acorns and bamboo.

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