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The panda is known for its distinct black and white coloring. The eyes, ears, arms, legs, and shoulders are all black while the rest of the body is white.
Unlike other bears, the panda has enlarged wrist bones, which actually act like extra fingers for it to grasp and break tough bamboo shoots. Its jaws, teeth, esophagus, and stomach are also designed to help it eat bamboo. The esophagus is lined with a tough lining that protects the bear from splinters, and the stomach is lined with muscle to protect it.
Brown bear, black bear, polar bear
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)
FAMILY: Ursidae (bear kind)
GENUS/SPECIES: Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Size: 4–6 ft (1.2–1.8 m)
Weight: 175–325 lbs (79–150 kg); Males are larger than females
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Bamboo
Habitat: Mountain forests and mixed coniferous and broadleaf forests where bamboo is present in China