Eli5 why do pandas only eat bamboo when they are able to digest meat efficiently?

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Does it affect their life span? Is bamboo enough to satisfy their nutritional needs?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Well they don’t seem like they’d be very good at hunting, lol. If it’s sufficient to support their lifestyle.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Bamboo is enough. And bamboo neither runs away nor fights back. Saving energy is a winning move for many animals.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Visual point of view, Personal preference and laziness. Caws like to eat squrels if they unlucky enogh to be bear their mouse. Horses like to bite of and chew fingers etc.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It began as a simple adaptation to their environment; it’s easier to access bamboo, and it provides the protein they need.

Over time, their traits started changing; once able to *taste* meat, they no longer have the umami receptors (taste buds specialized to sense meaty, savory flavors). So, bamboo tastes good, and they have no interest in meat.

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Pandas are native to China and their diet revolves around bamboo. It is estimated that they can eat up to 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) of bamboo per day. Bamboo is very high in fiber which helps them stay full.