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So What Kind of Teeth Does the Olympic Panda Have?

The countdown to the Beijing Olympics is on amongst much anticipation.The giant panda has been embraced as the national mascot.

The panda is a mammal recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.

So what kind of teeth does a panda have? The simple answer is human teeth!

The panda’s round face is the result of powerful jaw muscles, which attach from the top of the head to the jaw. Large molar teeth, similar to that found in humans and strong jaw muscles, crush through tough bamboo.

Although a carnivore, the panda has a diet which is 99% bamboo. The cuddly creatures do eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges and banana’s, when available!