For example, why do we find pandas so cute…
…while eating bamboo?
…while eating leaves?
…while hanging on a fence?
…while sleeping on a branch?
…while sleeping on some logs?
…while sleeping on a rock?
…or while just plain sleeping?
The reason according to NPR is that their big eyes, button noses, round faces, and clumsy yet cuddly bodies invoke parenting instincts in humans.
Read more about various panda bear cuteness research at NPR’s The Two-Way.
Learn more about pandas in Animal Fact Guide’s article, Giant Panda.
Xiao Liwu is the San Diego Zoo’s 4-month-old panda cub. All the activity and excitement of his latest examination make him a little sleepy. Take a look!
Did you know you can FedEx a panda? On January 15, two pandas named Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, who were born at the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, boarded a specially-chartered Boeing 777F flight known as the “FedEx Panda Express.”
During the non-stop flight to Paris, France (5,489 miles away), the pair of pandas passed the time snoozing and eating bamboo in custom-built enclosures. They were accompanied by a Chinese veterinarian and animal handler as well as the managing director from ZooParc de Beauval, their new home.
FedEx Express has a long history of transporting rare and delicate cargo, including other pandas, polar bears, white tigers, elephants, penguins, mountain lions, gorillas, eagles, and even a 13-foot tiger shark used in filming the movie “Jaws.”
For more information about Huan Huan and Yuan Zi’s trip, see the FedEx Blog.
To learn more about pandas, see Animal Fact Guide’s article, Giant Panda.
Did you know that Atlantic puffins live out in the open sea most of the time and only come to land to breed for a few months a year? Also, although puffins resemble penguins in their black and white markings, they are not related to penguins at all. In stark contrast to penguins, Atlantic puffins are excellent fliers and can reach speeds up to 88 km/h (55mph)!
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Cougar (Mountain Lion)
The cougar, also commonly called the mountain lion, puma, and panther, is the largest cat in North America. However, unlike other big cats such as lions and tigers, the cougar cannot roar and instead purrs like a house cat. Furthermore, with a slender body and round head with pointed ears, the cougar’s body shape closely resembles that of a house cat, only larger.
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