Giant panda cubs eat their mother’s feces.

Giant panda cubs eat their mother’s feces.

 

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Giant pandas eat mostly bamboo but bamboo isn’t so easy to digest. Before they can eat bamboo, giant panda cubs, which are born with sterile intestines, need to eat their mother’s feces first so that they can get the bacteria necessary to digest bamboo.

 

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