The giant panda  also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The name “giant panda” is sometimes used to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda. 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.

A recent study from Oxford University claims that China uses pandas as “soft power influence” to open or strengthen economic ties with other nations. In 2011, for instance China loaned a pair of pandas to Scotland, after which the nations entered into $4 billion of new trade deals. That’s right: pandas are so cute and loved that they’ve become players in the world economy. But why is it that all humans think that pandas are so cute? Maybe this video will help you understand!

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