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panda provisions:

from bamboo groves to panda mouths

 

Giant pandas have huge molars and powerful jaw muscles for breaking the bamboo's tough exterior and chewing the "culm," or woody stalk, and leaves.  Their favorite part of the bamboo is the stalk's tender green interior, their keepers say.

Their forepaws are equipped with a sixth "thumb" that they use to hold bamboo. This digit is basically a wrist bone that has evolved into a larger bone with a fleshy pad over it, explains zoo spokesman Mike Morgan.
Pandas will usually sit upright while they eat, leaving their thumbs free to grasp bamboo stems. 


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