So why did they start eating bamboo? No meat around? Meat moved too fast to catch? They really like the taste?
Giant Pandas Meant to Eat Meat, Not Bamboo
Giant pandas are known for their voracious appetite for bamboo, but these furry mammals are actually meant to eat meat.
That’s at least according to a new study published in the journal mBio®, which details how the gut bacteria of giant pandas are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo. Instead, they boast a carnivore-like gut microbiota predominated by bacteria such as Escherichia/Shigella and Streptococcus, a team of Chinese researchers says.
“Unlike other plant-eating animals that have successfully evolved, anatomically specialized digestive systems to efficiently deconstruct fibrous plant matter, the giant panda still retains a gastrointestinal tract typical of carnivores,” lead study author Zhihe Zhang, director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China, said in a press release. “The animals also do not have the genes for plant-digesting enzymes in their own genome. This combined scenario may have increased their risk for extinction.”
The newest member of the Robicelli’s family, available only at our BayRidge shop this weekend: vanilla bean custard semifreddo, macerated fresh strawberries and passionfruit sauce on a caramel brûlée Martin’s potato roll. We don’t have a name yet, but we’re partial to “Red, White, and BLEW YOUR F***ING MIND”. Let us know if you have any good names in the comments. dessert Murica Brooklyn bakery eeeeeats foodporn martinspotatorolls custard strawberries (at Robicelli’s)
Sea Hare in the Intertidal Zone
The sea hare gets its common name from its equivalent of nose and tongue—external sensory organs for smell and taste called rhinophores—which look like bunny ears. The sea hare, however, doesn’t hop like a rabbit: it is a sea slug (a mollusc in the gastropod (snail) class) that glides around on its muscular foot. When threatened sea hares will release a cloud of ink, attempting to distract and blind their predator.
photograph by Rowland Cain
(via: Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal)