Pandas or koalas? What would you answer if someone asks you that question? If you didn’t know what to answer, you would probably want to go home, research then compare and contrast. Well, I’m going to do that right now starting with pandas:
Where are they usually found? Pandas, also known as Giant Pandas (to distinguish it from the Red Panda which is a bear), are native to China.
What do you call their babies? Pandas’ offsprings are called cubs.
How do they look like? They are easily recognized by the black fur patches over their eyes, ears, and across their body.
How long do they live? They live around 20 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.
What do they eat? The pandas’ diet is composed of 99% bamboo. Wild pandas usually eat other grasses, and maybe even meat such as birds and rodents. Captive pandas often receive bamboo, but may receive honey, oranges, bananas etc. with other prepared foods.
Are they sociable? Pandas are usually solitary, but females don’t allow other females in the area.
Do they hibernate? They don’t hibernate, but they will move to areas with warmer temperatures instead.
Are they herbivorous or carnivorous? They usually eat like a herbivore, but they’re classed as carnivores!
Where are they usually found? Koalas are native to Australia.
What do you call their babies? A baby koala is called a “joey”. They are blind, hairless, and have no ears.
How do they look like? They are similar to wombats, but have thicker coats, longer limbs, and larger ears. Their coat is color gray.
How long do they live? They can live as long as 18 years.
What do they eat? Koalas are herbivores. They eat eucalyptus leaves.
Are they sociable? They are NOT sociable.
Do they hibernate? They don’t hibernate, but they sleep everyday up to 18 hours. (Oh how I wish I was a koala! Haha.)
Are they herbivorous or carnivorous? Koalas are herbivores.
Similarities between pandas and koalas: They both do not hibernate, have a herbivorous diet, live until about 20 years, and they are not sociable!
So, have you decided what to answer? 🙂