Monday, 9 January 2012

Panda Eats Shoots, Leaves—and Meat?!?

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Pandas are vegetarians, right? Well, new findings by Conservancy scientists suggest the issue isn’t as black and white (or, er, as green and blood red) as once thought. Motion sensor cameras in northern Sichuan captured images of a giant panda consuming the carcass of a takin, a Himalayan goat-antelope.

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Tim Upham
That is how they capture them, is by baiting the traps with meat. If the meat is there, giant pandas will eat it. They still have the digestive system of a carnivore, as well as carnivore-specific genes. They can be lucky in the wild, but scavenging is easier.

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