Pandas are without a doubt some of the cutest animals in the world. However, although pandas are popular in cartoons or in animated movies, not many people know these interesting facts about them. Pandas can be admired in captivity, too, so if you are close to a location that homes a panda, make sure not to miss it.
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1. Giant pandas are almost extinct animals
Despite what many people may imagine, giant pandas are actually close to extinction. It is estimated that there are less than 1,000 giant pandas left into the world, which definitely is quite concerning. However, scientists and giant panda population specialists are aware of this threat and are hoping that the population will increase to 5,000 during the next ten years. Pandas live up to 20 years in the wild and 25 to 30 years in captivity. They have been listed as endangered animals since 1990.
2. A symbol of peace in China
Pandas are actually considered to be a symbol of peace in China. Chinese people seem to believe that the gentle nature of pandas is a proof of balance and harmony. Thus, there is no wonder that hundreds of years ago, tribes actually raised flags with a picture of a panda, hoping that it would stop a battle or simply bring peace upon them.
3. President Nixon received two Pandas from China
Following a visit in China back in 1972, the Chinese leader Mao gave American President Richard Nixon two pandas as a gift, probably because of the Chinese belief of these animals were symbolizing peace. The two pandas, named Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing lived at the National Zoo, in Washington.
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Legends say that the panda used to be an-all white bear. This is quite a sad story about a girl who was killed in the attempt of saving a panda from a leopard attack. The legend said that pandas came to the funeral of this girl wearing armbands of black ashes, which they spread on their ears and eyes. Do you know any other interesting things about pandas?