The Ultimate Why Pandas Don't Hibernate Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Have you ever wondered why pandas don't hibernate? Do they function so well in the cold that they don't need the hibernation process like other animals? To find out, take this quiz.

What happens when animals hibernate?

When animals hibernate, they go into a long-term sleep-like phase for the duration of winter.

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How many hours a day do pandas sleep?

They usually sleep between eight and 12 hours a day.

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Do pandas have a lot of body fat to insulate them from the cold?

They've got relatively little stores of body fat.

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What do pandas eat?

Pandas eat bamboo for breakfast, lunch and supper.

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In the cold winter months, do pandas seek lower or higher altitudes?

They go for lower altitudes -- 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) as opposed to 11,500 feet (3,505 meters) in the heat of summer.

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The panda's ancestors were meat-loving:

There's a clue in the question. If they were meat-loving, it follows that they were carnivores (but not omnivores, liking both meat and vegetation).

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Why is the fact that pandas eat bamboo strange?

Remember their carnivore ancestors? Well, it seems that their bodies are designed to digest meat rather than bamboo, despite the fact that they love it.

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Why do pandas consume so much bamboo in a day: 40 pounds (18 kilograms)?

They need to consume this amount in order to get enough energy out of the relatively nutritionless food.

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Apart from the black and white panda bear, there is another sort of panda. What is it?

The other panda is the red panda, a relative of the raccoon family and significantly smaller than the black and white panda.

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What is the origin of the name "panda"?

The name "panda" probably comes from the Nepalese language, meaning "bamboo-eater."

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When was the first time that Westerners studied the giant panda?

Père Armand David is the first known Westerner to have taken a good look at the giant panda in 1869. His observation led him to classify it as a type of bear.

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Animals that share characteristics as a result of evolutionary coincidence are said to have undergone the process of:

Science calls it convergent evolution and it appears to explain why pandas share some characteristics with the red panda and others with the bear. While they share features, it doesn't necessarily make them related.

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DNA studies have been conducted to determine the genealogy of the giant panda. What do scientists say about the results?

DNA results are inconclusive and the argument as to which family the giant panda belongs to is unresolved.

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What characterizes the phase of torpor that bears go through?

In the torpor phase, bears don't eat, drink or move much. It's not the same as hibernation, whereby an animal goes into sleep mode.

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In terms of weight, how do giant pandas compare to red pandas?

Giant pandas can weigh in at 200 pounds (90 kilos) compared to red pandas at about 10 pounds (4.5 kilos).

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