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What do pandas drink?

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Pandas drink water. Wild pandas can get much of the water they need by eating bamboo but usually need more fresh water than bamboo alone can provide.

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Wild pandas seek fresh water from streams and rivers. Some may get water from melting snowfall in high mountains or from rainfall. Bamboo’s contents are about half water, with new bamboo shoots containing about 90 percent water. The plant contains very little nutrition, and pandas must eat a large amount to meet their energy needs. Pandas occasionally eat small rodents, such as pikas. Pandas have a carnivore’s digestive system but have adapted to a vegetarian diet.

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