The group of Pandas shown above includes (back row, left to right) Puppet Panda from Cascade Toys, Snuggle Buddy panda from Wild Republic, Ching the Panda from UNIPAK, Panda Hand Puppet from Ganz, Ping the Panda from the Bearington Collection, a little fur figurine Panda, Paddie the Panda Luv Pet from Russ, a tiny little Magnet Mate Panda from Ganz, a little Cushy Critter Panda from Purr-Fection, and another little UNIPAK Panda. Many of these pandas can be found in the Jeannie's Cottage Gift Shop. The little panda at left is the Webkinz Panda from Ganz. Owning this pet gives you access to Webkinz World, a wonderful virtual world of fun and games.
Most people are familiar with the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), that large black and white bear that comes from the mountains in China. Although they appear cute and cuddly, they are just as dangerous as any other bear. Pandas belong to the order Carnivora and the family Ursidae. Their strong jaws and large teeth help them chew on their favorite food -- bamboo. They will also feed on wild grasses and sometimes small rodents. In zoos they are fed, in addition to bamboo, apples, carrots, sugar cane, and other vegetables. Pandas can spend most of their day looking for food. Otherwise they will be resting or sleeping. They do not hibernate. Pandas are about 3 feet tall at the shoulder and can be up to 6 feet long. Males are larger than females. Pandas are generally solitary. Females begin breeding at the age of 4 and will be able to reproduce up to the age of 20. The gestation period is from 95 to 160 days. Baby pandas are helpless at birth. They are tiny -- weighing only 4 ounces -- pink, hairless and blind. Cubs open their eyes when they are six to eights weeks old. Baby pandas remain with their mother for from 1-1/2 to 3 years.Their life span has only been determined from zoo pandas, which have lived up to 35 years. The giant panda is extremely rare and is an endangered species. There are only about 1,600 left in the wild and more than 160 can be found in zoos and special centers used for breeding.
These pandas are (from left) Checkers the Attic Treasure, Domino the Panda by Boyds, China the Beanie Baby panda, Chopsticks the Panda made by Boyds, Peking the Ty Beanie Buddy, Pong the Panda made by Ganz, a Cottage Collectible and Easton the Panda Attic Treasure by Ty Inc. (Front row, left to right) Fortune the Ty Beanie Baby, Peter the Puffkin Panda, Peter's little Panda kids, behind Peter is Yoland the Panda from Boyds, and Zongshi the Panda from China made by Coca-Cola is in front of Peking.