My name is Patrick and I am Panda teddybear. I spend up to 16 hours a day
eating. Bamboo is my main diet, though I'm fond of honey, too. I can eat also
acorns and roots, but I like bamboo much better.
Picture 1: That's me, Patrick. / Picture 2: I got some bamboo to chew.
Picture 3: I'm enjoying my tee. / Picture 4: Relax after the breakfast.
Picture 5: With my best friend Sebastian. / Picture 6: With my wife Freja.
Wild living brothers
Pandas are famous for their black and white markings. The legs, shoulders,
ears and oval patches around the eyes are black, and the rest of the coat
is white. Good tree climbers, pandas can also swim to escape predators.
Pandas use an enlarged wrist bone that looks like a thumb to grasp objects
like bamboo. Scientists disagree about whether the giant panda is closely
related to bears or raccoons or is separate from both. Pandas have average
weight of 200 to 300 pounds and reach six feet in length.
Pandas feed mostly on bamboo, a tall woody plant full of fiber. The panda's
digestive system does not absorb the fiber, so it must eat a lot. Pandas
also eat flowers, vines, tufted grasses, green corn, honey and rodents.
These solitary animals spend most of their days feeding. Although they
live in cold forests, pandas do not hibernate. They move to lower
elevations during winter to keep warm and to higher elevations in summer
to stay cool. They do not have permanent homes but sleep at the bottom
of trees and under stumps and rock ledges.
If you want to learn more about pandas, visit this link: Panda at Wikipedia
Bamboo is grown all over the Panda's habitat. But it also can and is grown
in many other parts of the world. They are popular in home gardens where
Japanese or asian setting are desired. For others, they just like the challenge
of growing something different. Bamboo can be grown in most climates.
It also requires little care and attention, thriving and spreading profusely
through it's root system . It is strongly recommended that gardeners create
a barrier two to three feet deep around the planting area to contain the
spread of the roots to areas beyond where the plants are desired.
Not only is bamboo grown as an ornamental plant, but the shoots are edible.
If you eat a variety of chinese food, chances are you have eaten bamboo.
Like rice, it has little flavor of it's own and takes on the flavor of the food
it is cooked with. While nutritional value is low, it is a good source of fiber.
Low nutritional value is one reason Giant Pandas need to eat so much of it.
Whiles for us bamboo represents 95 percent of our diet, people are using
bamboo as material for many different products, like furniture, floors, fencing,
tools, presents, or simply just like nice plant decoration.
If you want to know more about bamboo, visit this link: Bamboo at Wikipedia
- Braised Chicken With Bamboo And Mushrooms
Ingredients for 4 persons:
1 chicken cut into pieces
2 cups prepared bamboo shoots
1 cup chinese dried mushrooms (soaked in 2 cups boiling water until rehydrated)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cup chicken marinade (available from the Asian section of the supermarket)
2 tablespoons oil
In a large sauce pan, brown chicken and ginger in oil. Add prepared bamboo shoots
and chinese mushrooms. Add Chicken Marinade (either your own personal variety
or a bottled one). Add some of the water from the mushrooms if more moisture is
required. Simmer until tender.
To prepare bamboo: Cut shoot in half lengthwise. Trim off leaves and tougher outer
skin. Cut into 1/2 to 1cm slices or cube. Boil in large quantity boiling water 15min
to 1/2 hour. Taste, if bitter re-boil in fresh water a further 5-10 min. Add salt
or sugar to the water to taste
- Chicken Curry
Ingredients for 5 persons:
1 1/2 tbsp green curry paste
1 can coconut milk
2 cups water
1 cube chicken base
1 small can bamboo shoots
8 fresh basil leaves (torn in half length ways)
2 large chicken breasts (cooked and thinly sliced)
4-5 thai eggplant (cut in fourths)
salt, to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
Begin by boiling coconut milk and curry paste in a large sauce pan for 5 minutes.
Add water, chicken base, and basil. Bring back to a boil and cook until basil
is tender (3-5 minutes). Add bamboo shoots and eggplant. Lower heat and simmer
until eggplant is tender (12 minutes). Add cooked chicken. Cook until chicken
is heated through (2 minutes), then serve with rice or rice vermicelli.
- Chicken With Bamboo Shoots
Ingredients for 2 persons:
2 chicken breast fillets (or use mix of thigh meat) – cut into bite size pieces
and season in sesame oil, light soya sauce and 1 tsp cornflour
1 jar Wing Yip Black bean sauce
1 small red pepper – (large dice)
1 small tin bamboo shoots (140g drained weight)
1 tsp minced garlic (or use fresh)
3 spring onions (3cm lengths)
3 tbsp peanut oil or vegetable oil
Heat oil in a wok and fry minced garlic. Add chicken and stir fry on medium heat
until chicken is cooked – approximately 4 minutes. Then add bamboo shoots and cook
for a further 4 minutes before adding the Wing Yip Black Bean Sauce, red pepper
and white part of the spring onion. Cook for further 2 minutes before adding in green
tops of spring onions and turn off heat. Serve immediately with white rice
- Kang Dang
Ingredients for 4 persons:
1 chicken, approx. 1 kg
A big bunch of fresh sweet basil leaves
1 can bamboo shots (400 g)
A couple of lemon leaves
1 can coconut milk
red chili paste
Nam Pla (thai fish sauce)
sugar, appr. 1 cup
Fleece, bone and cut the chicken in small pieces. Cut the lemon grass in pieces (1 cm).
Heat a frying pan. Add the coconut milk. Mix 1 heaped tablespoon curry paste. (Less
if you don't like it hot!) Let simmer for a couple of minutes. Add chicken and some drops
of Nam Pla (fish sauce). Flavor with Nam Pla and coconut milk if necessary. Turn of
the heat. Add lemon grass and lemon leafs. Let it draw a while. Serve with jasmin rice.
- Ostrich Chinese style
Ingredients for 4 persons:
200 g ostrich filet, 1 tablespoon potatoe or corn starch, 40 g mushrooms,
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce, strips of carrot, celery, leek (50 g each),
1 small sliced onion, bamboo and soy sprouts, 2 tablespoons sesame oil,
5 tablespoons chicken stock, salt, pepper, Chinese saeasoning mix,
Freeze meat for a short while, cut into thin stripes. Season with salt and pepper
and a bit of soy sauce, dust with the starch flour. Heat sesame oil in a wok
or in a coated frying pan and fry the meat for approximately 2 minutes at high
temperature. Put meat aside, put vegetables, soaked mushrooms, onion slices,
soy and bamboo sprouts in the wok. Cook vegetables with chicken stock
and soy sauce until semi-done. Add meat and season with China spice.
Serve with rice or Chinese egg noodles. Jasmin tea, warm rice wine or white
Between 1973-1984 the population of wild pandas decreased by 50 percent.
Pandas are endangered species. Some good people are trying to save us from
almost certain extinction. Only 1000 pandas exist in the wild nature and 60
If you want to help, here is your link: Save The Pandas
People mostly think that we are calm, cute animals, but we can be dangerous
as any other bears. But I agree that we are cute. Maybe that's the reason why
we have some many fans. We have also our own postal stamps.
If you want to see more stamps, here is whole collection: Panda stamps
Pictures & symbols
Pictures of panda are very often used as logos. Among others panda is symbol
of World Wildlife Fund, international organisation for preservation and protection
of the nature, wild life and endangered species.
Visit World Wildlife Fund website: WWF Website
Paintings of panda bears are in many art galleries, mainly in China, were pandas
are very popular. Pandas, together with flowers, birds and woman figures belong
between most used motif for decoration of worldwide famous china porcelain.
Small children enjoy cute panda bears in their colourful cartoon books. But pandas
are also quite often used by artist in black/white cartoon jokes for adult people.
Another Panda joke
A panda walks into a bar, sits down and orders a sandwich.
He eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter dead.
As the panda stands up to go, the bartender shouts, "Hey! Where are you going?
You just shot my waiter and you didn't pay for your sandwich!"
The panda yells back at the bartender, "Hey, I'm a PANDA! Look it up!"
The bartender opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda:
"A tree dwelling mammal of Asian orgin, characterized by distinct
black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.
Panda bears were also obviously inspiraton for a heavy metal band Kiss.
Here is a nice photo collection of panda bear family. Click on pictures to get the
Click on the animated picture below the name of the screensaver you want to download.
San Diego Zoo Screensaver:
National Zoo Giant Panda Screensaver:
Help To Save Pandas Screensaver:
Panda In Snow Screensaver:
Link to the homesite of my best friend Sebastian:
Interesting panda links
The Wonders Of The Giant Panda
Panda Bears In San Diego Zoo