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Giant Pandas - Ultimate Couch Potatoes Among All Bears!

Giant pandas are the new couch potatoes of the animal world and just as sluggish as slow-moving sloths, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science.

Researchers in China tracked five captive pandas at Beijing Zoo and three wild ones at Foping Nature Reserve in Shaanxi province.

The study found that pandas are far less active than other bears, expending just 38 percent of the average daily energy of other bears.

"The daily energy expenditure values for giant pandas are substantially lower than those for koalas, for example, and more akin to those of three-toed sloths," the study said.

The endangered panda is the only one of the world's eight bear species with a vegetarian diet. Pandas, whose ancestors were carnivores, possess a digestive system that evolved to handle bamboo, which accounts for 99 percent of their food. Bamboo is tough to digest and pandas must devour lots of it to survive.

A key to the panda's remarkably low metabolism is the fact that it boasts extremely low levels of thyroid hormones, most likely due to a mutation in a gene called DUOX2, which is involved in thyroid hormone synthesis, the study said.

The thyroid gland controls metabolic processes, and thyroid hormones are important for regulating body weight and energy. Low levels can lead to sluggishness.

"Giant pandas achieved this low metabolism through a suite of morphological, behavioral, physiological and genetic adaptations during their long evolutionary history," said biologist and lead researcher Fuwen Wei of the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

The researchers said the size of the brain, liver and kidneys in pandas is relatively small compared with other bears.

"These reduced organ sizes likely contribute to their low energy demands," Wei said.

The researchers found that the wild pandas rested for more than half of any given day. When they do move it is at a rate of 20 meters per hour. With their low metabolism, pandas need their coat of thick fur to retain body heat, the researchers said.

Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-07/11/content_21252358.htm

 

Love Panda in Ted 2 Movie!


Did you see Ted 2? Awesome movie! Thank you Seth MacFarlane and his creative crew for adding Love Panda in 2 scenes in the movie. If you see the movie check out the little baby in the grocery store holding a Love Panda plush. Also the movie finale scene happens right in front of the Love Panda / Cute Brands booth at the New York Comic Con. How cool is that? You can see lots of Love Panda images in the background. Make sure to go see Ted 2 and just for fun see if you can spot Love Panda in the movie yourself!(^_^)❤ Below are few images from our gallery:


Picture 1. This is a behind the scene look at the Love Panda Cute Brands booth in the New York Comic-Con finale scene on the Ted 2 movie set.


Picture 2. From the movie Ted 2: Family scene in the supermarket where small baby is holding Love Panda® Plush Toy! Get yours here: http://cutebrands.net/cute-shop-take-action?page=shop.browse&category_id=179

 

Picture 3. Love Panda / Cute Brands New York Comic-Con booth in Ted 2 movie. You can see Love Panda mascot and lots of Love Panda images in the background.

 

Cute and Happy Boy & Love Panda - Funny Dance!


Adorable child animates Love Panda plush with a goofy dance.  If you would like this toy for your family, you can find it here: http://cutebrands.net/cute-shop-take-action?page=shop.browse&category_id=179


 

Baby Panda Triplets Celebrate Their First Ever Chinese New Year!

If every panda is an adorable star in the eyes of fans, then the miraculous survival of the panda triplets just made these three little fellows superstars in the “panda business.”

Every cute move the trio make touches their fans’ hearts. So the “paparazzi” visited the triplets’ on Feb. 18, the eve of Chinese New Year for 2015, the Year of the Goat / Sheep.

“Kuku” (Cool), “Shuaishuai” (Handsome), and “Mengmeng” (Cute) welcomed their first ever Chinese New Year at Changlong Wildlife Center in Guangzhou.

To celebrate staff at the center prepared a special cabin for the triplets. The walls were painted with green bamboo, so the cubs could play as if they were in the bamboo forest like their ancestors.

Toy goats became the triplets’ new friends for the Year of the Goat / Sheep!

 

Life Lessons from our Cute and Happy Friends!

*Always remember - You're One of a Kind, That is What Makes You Special. Accept Who You Are.  Love Yourself. Love Humanity. Love the Planet. – Love Panda

*Don't Be Afraid To Be A Love Panda! – Love Panda

*Don’t Harm, Just Love! – Count Cute

*Don't Fight, Just Sing! – Dragon Rockstar

*Dare to Be Different! Follow Your Dreams! – Dragon Rockstar

*First Step to Happiness Comes from Within! – Kung Fu Tiger

*It Takes Time, Hard Work, Dedication, and a Little Magic to Become Great at Something! – Cutesy Bunny

*What You Dream, You Can Do! Have Fun! – Turtle Dreamer

*Bee Cute and Happy! Bee American! Bee a Super Hero! – YouBee the SuperBee

*Happiness Heals! – Buddha Monkey

*Be a Top Dog without Bullying! – Tog Dog

*Every Girl is a Princess, Every Girl is Unique! – Princess Cherry

*Don't Hate, Just Hug! – Hug Monsters

*Respect, Protect, and Conserve the Planet for Future Generations! – Hug Monsters

 
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