PANDALICIOUS! Personally panda is something I wouldn’t but according to Wei Guangbiao panda for supper was a delicacy for our (technically we all come from the same place) caveman ancestors.
Scientist Wei Guangbiao says prehistoric man ate pandas in an area that is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.
Wei, head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a Chongqing museum, says many excavated panda fossils “showed that pandas were once slashed to death by man.”
Wei says wild pandas lived in Chongqing’s high mountains 10,000 to 1 million years ago.
The Chinese government invests greatly in studying the native species and trying to ensure its survival. Pandas number about 1,600 in the wild, where they are critically endangered due to poaching and development. More than 300 live in captivity, mostly in China’s breeding programs.
Historians believe panda meat was once a delicacy eaten by the rulers of ancient China. One panda was even buried in an imperial tomb.
This is a red panda.