Giant pandas have winter poop parties, rolling around in horse manure

It seems only fitting that 2020 would be the year when we learn that giant pandas, arguably the cutest of all bears, enthusiastically roll in horse manure — the fresher the better — leaving their entire bodies liberally covered in fresh feces.  But the pandas are doing it for a good reason; these poo “baths” […]

Giant pandas may roll in horse poop to feel warm

It was a strange sight: In the winter of 2007, scientists in China spotted a wild giant panda romping about in horse manure, diligently smearing itself with excrement until its fur became a poo-muddled mess. It wasn’t the last time the researchers would spot this strange behavior. But figuring out why pandas do this would […]

1st-ever footage of giant pandas mating in the wild is not ‘cute and cuddly’

A pair of aggressive male giant pandas roar ferociously on the ground beneath a female perched in a tree, in the first-ever footage of panda courtship and mating in the wild.  For nearly three years, nature filmmakers Yuanqi Wu and Jacky Poon followed pandas in China’s Qinling Mountains, hoping to capture evidence of elusive behavior that […]