Pandas enjoy the sweet life

By Sarah Zielinski, 15:33 PM April 2, 2014

Many animals, including humans, have the ability to taste sugar and have it register as “yummy.” Scientists think that sweet receptors help an organism identify plants that are rich in simple sugars and rich in calories. Many carnivores, which eat only or mostly meat, have lost that ability to enjoy sweet things. Cats are the most well-known of the sugar-disdaining creatures, but the group also includes sea lions, fur seals and spotted hyenas.

Giant pandas also belong to the order Carnivora, b...

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