This Is What Memories Look Like — Mind Blow #78 (by Vsauce2)
My high school biology teacher absolutely despised pandas (note: Giant pandas, not red pandas. Red pandas are the shit.) because of their evolutionary stupidity. They’re bears and have all the structures for being carnivorous, and yet they eat bamboo, which they can barely digest because of the beta acetal linkage, which many animals (ourselves included) lack the proper enzymes to do so. As a result, they don’t get all of the nutrition that they need, which, as it turns out, makes them pretty awful at having/raising kids — they have large litters, but can only take care of one pup.
Lots of money and resources go into saving/preserving pandas, but the pandas are their own worst enemy. Their behavior and diet is endangering them as a species People tend to donate their money to panda conservation because they’re cute — and yes, they’re losing some habitat, and that’s not good, but it’d be easier to be sympathetic if they weren’t so goddamn stupid.
TL;DR: Pandas are like if your deadbeat uncle was a whole species.