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Why Are Pandas Black and White?

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The great panda has a striking coloration that has been fascinating people for centuries.

Pandas are very special in the animal world because there is no animal similar to them in size, shape, and coloration. You may think – what about zebras? They aren’t the same, plus they don’t have the same markings.

So, scientists teamed up and decided to debunk panda’s coloration once and for all. Scientists who uncovered why zebras have black and white stripes conducted a huge panda study to discover about their unique markings. They concluded that the panda’s black-and-white markings have two functions: camouflage and communication.

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The majority of the panda – its neck, face, rump, and belly – is white to hide in snowy areas. The arms and leds are black, helping panda to hide in the shade.

On the other hand, some scientists claim that these markings result from a poor diet of bamboo and an inability to digest a wider variety of plants.

Interestingly, the markings on the panda’s head are used to communicate.

Dark ears serve as a warning to predators, while the dark eye patches help them recognize each other or even signal aggression toward panda competitors.

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