A Tale of Two Pandas

Pandas have distinctive coats — white bodies with black eye patches, ears, feet, chest and shoulders. Deep in the forest, their coloring can provide camouflage among the snow and rocks. Pandas have poor vision. Some panda experts speculate that their distinct coats also serve as a clear message to other pandas to stay away. In the wild, pandas are solitary animals and do not seek each other out, except for mating.

Comparing the two pandas at the National Zoo: Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

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