Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mascot, what do you eat?

*pokes at the moving costume*

Me: Excuse me, Mr. Mascot, what do you have for your meals?
Mascot: Bamboo, and lots of it.
Me: Won't you gain weight from it?
Mascot: *gapes at me before fainting*

P.S. This Giveaway is hosted by Luxury Haven.

Since I have jumped at the opportunity to participate in the giveaway, I'll have to write about the panda's food to, I hope, the best of my creative abilities. I'm rather nervous as it's been a long while since I last wrote a post as an entry - the last being Nuffnang Blog Awards 2011.

So, here I go.

A panda is known as a carnivore and even though it has the digestive system of one, it has been blessed with unique adaptations to survive on bamboos only. Since there is little nutrition in bamboos, a panda has to ensure that its daily intake of the plant is enough to keep hunger at bay and reduce its energy expenditures.



Credits to Wikipedia for the bamboo picture.

Bamboo is a part of the grass family, which explains its speedy growth after being harvested without injuring the eco system. It will stop growing only when it reaches its maximum height. There are at least 1450 species of the plant and can be found in various climates, with the hardy ones surviving in a temperature of -29 Celsius while the fragile ones will die before or at a temperature of below -1 Celsius.

When in abundance, there have been reported cases of less rodent attacks.

Not only does the plant provide food for pandas and other animals, it is also harvested for culinary dishes such as the Malaysian lemang and the Thai Khao lam.

For more information, you might want to visit this website.

16 comments:

  1. Nice sharing & thks for joining the giveaway! All the best to your entry!

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    1. I'm glad that you liked it, Shirley.

      You're welcome and thanks! I'm looking forward to read the posts written by other participants. =D

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  2. well, that's a nice tidbit of trivia that i didn't know ... would not have guessed that there are so many species of bamboo! =)

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    1. I didn't know that too, Sean, until I had a check with Uncle Google and Aunt Wikipedia.

      Only remembered that bamboo and pandas go together. =)

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  3. Good luck! :)

    I didn't know that about bamboo plants but I hear it only flowers once in a blue moon and it's considered unlucky.

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    1. Thanks, Huai Bin. =)

      Yup, Aunt Wikipedia told me about it, but I don't remember hearing about such an event. I guess we're all still lucky that it hasn't flowered in the recent months.

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    1. You're most welcome, cquek. =)

      I myself didn't know that although a panda is known as a carnivore, it eats only bamboo.

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    1. Me too, Yum List!

      I guess it's because we're so used to seeing 'em with bamboos that we jump to the conclusion that pandas are herbivores. =D

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  6. Congrats for winning!~ Let's eat Panda food together!~

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    1. Thank you, cre8tone! =)

      Yes, we must definitely whip up lots of dishes from bamboos to celebrate. xD

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