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Why don’t pandas hibernate?

Bears are notorious for their hibernation habits. As most of us learned early in school, bears, as well as several other animal species, undergo this long-term, sleep-like phase to escape from the bitter cold during winter months. But pandas don’t take part in any kind of hibernation, even under the loosest definitions of the term.

Bear or not, there’s more at work behind a giant panda’s preference to migrate rather than snooze away the winter. It turns out that the giant panda’s peculiar diet excludes the possibility of hibernation. Read on to find out why.

Full article at HowStuffWorks.com.

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