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panda provisions:

from bamboo groves to panda mouths

 

The giant pandas eat a lot of bamboo. Between the two of them, Tian Tian (which means "more and more" in Chinese) and Mei Xiang (which means "beautiful fragrance") consume anywhere from 700 to 800 pounds of bamboo each week.  

Technically, giant pandas are carnivores, but they have evolved into herbivores and only eat one grass, bamboo. The diet of the giant pandas at the National Zoo is also supplemented by other treats, such as carrots and a special chow composed of grains. Their bodies--specifically, their paws and teeth-- have adapted to the task of eating bamboo.


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