Are Pandas Marsupials?


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Pandas are not marsupials; instead, they are placental mammals. Marsupials carry their young offspring in a pouch, whereas placental mammals like pandas and other bears do not have pouches.

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Marsupials overall include more than 330 different species. Most marsupials are found either in the continents of the Americas or in Australia and New Guinea. Opossums largely make up the marsupials of the Americas. There are over twice as many marsupial species found in Australia and New Guinea than there are American marsupials. Some of the numerous Australian marsupials are koalas, kangaroos and wombats.

Wild pandas live in central China, in Asia.

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