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What eats giant pandas?

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The giant panda has very few natural predators, thanks to their large size and physical capabilities, but some predators include jackals, leopards and yellow-throated marten, which prey on giant panda cubs. Snow leopards are a larger threat to giant pandas since they inhabit the same regions. However, pandas have many defensive and offensive capabilities to protect themselves against predators.

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Pandas will naturally avoid aggression, but they are highly capable of defending themselves against predators and other threats. One warning sign that a giant panda feels threatened and might get aggressive is lowering of the head and staring directly toward the threat. Pandas are often misconstrued as harmless, cute animals, but they can be as vicious and dangerous as other species of bear.

One aspect of giant panda bears' opposition against predators is their immense strength. They are large in size, about 4 feet and 11 inches long, and are quite heavy, about two times heavier than most adult humans. Pandas typically use their strong teeth to chew through tough bamboo, which is the majority of their diet, but they can also use their large molars and strong jaw bones to defend themselves, leaving a horrible bite wound.

Pandas are excellent climbers and can climb trees from the age of 6 months, allowing them to escape many of their predators. Unlike other species of bear, they do not hibernate, decreasing the risk of attack during hibernation season, and they are also strong swimmers.

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