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About This Animal
- Panda is native to China, as most people
know. They were not discovered by western countries until
1869. They began to appear in zoos outside of China in the late
1930s. It's this little fact that shaped cartoon history!
- In 1938, Walter Lantz, head of Walter Lantz
Studios, was in search of a great new cartoon character based on some
kind of unusual animal. He read about a panda in a zoo in the
newspaper, and how the animal was a sensation! Walter developed a
cute little baby panda named Andy...Andy Panda! This was Walter
Lantz's first big, recurring character! In fact, Andy was his
major star until a certain woodpecker named Woody came along in
1940. Woody Woodpecker was, in fact, introduced in the Andy Panda
cartoon called "Knock! Knock!" and soon became one of the world's
all-time best-loved characters and signature character of the
studio. So if it wasn't for pandas coming to America, we wouldn't
have Andy Panda, and we probably wouldn't have had Woody Woodpecker!
- A panda is more closely related to a raccoon than
it is a bear.
- Although thought of as small creatures, they do
get to weigh over 200 pounds.
- Their teeth are very sharp and have to be to eat
bamboo, which is their main diet.