Pandas’ gut bacteria resemble carnivores’

Unlike other vegetarians, the bamboo eaters lack plant-digesting microbes

pandas eating

FOOD ISSUES Since adopting a bamboo diet around 2 million years ago, giant pandas still haven’t fully adapted to the fibrous food: Their guts don’t harbor the plant-degrading bacteria typical of other herbivores.

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