The name “panda” originates from the Himalayan language, probably Nepali.
This name originally referred to red pandas. Until 1901, when the connection between these two species was discovered, the giant panda was known as the mottled bear or the motley bear.
If we translated its name from Chinese, it would literally mean “bear cat”. This name is not a coincidence. Namely, most bears have round pupils. The exception is the giant panda, whose pupils are placed vertically, like cats.
The fur of the giant panda is black and white. Adults are one and a half meters long. Males can weigh up to 115 pounds, while females are generally smaller. Giant pandas usually live 20 to 30 years in captivity.