Something that can help us vegans with the "humans are omnivores" argument 😂😂 : surprise! You can lose the ability to consume meat. Jk 😆
The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China.
Giant pandas evolved from bears that ate both plants and meat, researchers say, and started eating bamboo exclusively about two million years ago. These black-and-white bears spend up to 14 hours a day eating as much as 27.5 pounds of bamboo leaves and stems. However, they can digest only about 17 percent of it.
"Unlike other plant-eating animals that have successfully evolved, anatomically specialized digestive systems to efficiently deconstruct fibrous plant matter, the giant panda still retains a gastrointestinal tract typical of carnivores," lead study author Zhihe Zhang, director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China, said in a press release. "The animals also do not have the genes for plant-digesting enzymes in their own genome. This combined scenario may have increased their risk for extinction."
Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda's diet is over 99% bamboo.Giant pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. In captivity, they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared food.
In short: Pandas are vegetarians because they lost the meat-eating gene #panda #carnivore #vegan #antivegan #wtffacts