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Wild Panda Filmed Eating a Dead Animal

Still think that pandas are cute and cuddly animals that eat only bamboo? Surely it poses no threat to other wildlife, right? Well think again: this wild panda in China was videotaped eating a dead animal:

Captured on an infrared camera in the Laohegou forest area, the panda appears to find a dead wildebeest in a gulley and gnaws on its bones for two hours.
Pandas are typically known to eat only bamboo shoots, but according to Chen Youping, deputy director of Forestry Department of Pingwu County, it is not unknown for the beasts to eat meat.

"The reason why pandas eat meat is because it used to eat meat millions of years ago," he said.

"Now they mainly eat bamboos, but we occasionally see bones of dead animals in pandas' excrement during our years of field work," he added.

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This isn't big news at all. Pandas are omnivorous. It's in every book you'll find on pandas. They're just not good hunters because they mostly consume bamboo, which is actually a pretty terrible food source for them.
Yeah they eat meat, I still think they're cute as hell though. Side note, they tend not to hunt their own prey, unless an animal is sick or dying next to them they are not likely to give chase, do to aforementioned reasons.
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The thing is, if they got that wrong, what else in the story is inaccurate?

Is it really a panda, or is that a penguin?
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Agreed with Timothy Collins and also, what is a wildebeest doing in the wild in China? I thought their native range is only in Africa.
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Oh for gods sake - I get it, this is big news for Zoologists but I have now been informed of this today from no fewer that 5 different news sources. Pandas sometimes eat meat... Is it that slow of a news day?
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