Pandas enjoy the sweet life

panda eating bamboo

A giant panda’s diet primarily consists of bamboo, which isn’t sweet, so scientists had assumed that pandas lost the ability to taste sweet stuff. But new research shows that the animals can indeed taste sweet sugars.

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