Por que os pandas não hibernam?

Jane McGrath

Bears are famous for their hibernation habits. As most of us learned early in school, bears, as well as several other species of animals, spend a long time "asleep" to escape the cold in the winter months. And we can not blame them. After all, winter is no fun when there's no food and the temperature is unpleasant.

Many of us humans who worship the sun certainly prefer to sleep when it's cold, snowing or raining heavily, and only wake up when opened that sun. But the giant panda, also called panda, refrains of this ancient ritual and protector.

Giant pandas arrive in sleep between eight and 12 hours per day, but do not hibernate
© iStockphoto.com / Shutrbugg Giant pandas arrive in sleep between eight and 12 hours per day, but do not hibernate

If you've read our article on How does hibernation , you know that this process can take several forms. But the pandas do not take part in any kind of hibernation process. Not that they do not like to sleep - far from it. The pandas sleeping giants arrive between eight and 12 hours a day. And it's not because their body can stand the cold - they have a very thin layer of fat so they can keep warm in winter [source: Stone ].

But unlike when the weather gets tough, the pandas go ahead. In place to dig and pull over at the first sign that the temperature will drop, giant pandas simply find a more comfortable place to relax and eat bamboo. Living near the mountains is quite convenient to giant pandas since they can take shelter in temperatures more comfortable. In summer, the giant pandas like to chill and seek higher altitudes. Although usually live to about 2,700 m above sea level, during the hot summer they seek sites with about 115.00 m altitude [source: Stone ]. And when the weather cools them down the mountain and look for the next 1,200 m, if necessary altitudes. however, is not all that makes the panda bear does not need to hibernate in winter. Your diet also excludes the possibility of hibernation. Understand why.