Thursday, August 29, 2013

GO, BABY PANDA!! GO!!!!!!

Listen to the little baby panda sqawk!!!!!!!!! That cub has some loud lungs!

Panda cubs cannot regulate their internal body heat, and are blind when born. They shout loudly until their mother picks them up again (which she does with her mouth). Mother pandas then cradle their cubs on their tummies for warmth.

The cub will sleep most of the time, and suckle often. The mother licks the cub to stimulate urination and defecation, and to clean the cub. After a week, black patches will appear on the skin around the eyes, ears, shoulders, and legs. This is where the black hair will grow (at about six weeks).

The cubs can't support themselves or crawl until about a month after birth. About this time, the cub will be better able to regulate its body temperature, and the mom will leave it on the floor for several minutes. The cub's eyes will open somewhere between 30 and 45 days, and be fully open a week or two later.

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