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What type of survival adaptations do the giant pandas have?

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Most of the survival adaptations that giant pandas have are attributed to their need for consuming bamboo, like having a sixth thumb, larger and stronger jaws and molars. Giant pandas also have special digestive systems that are specifically designed to break down bamboo effectively, so that all of the nutrients can be absorbed.

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The sixth thumb allows giant pandas to easily hold onto the bamboo while the larger and stronger jaws help to tear the bamboo apart. Bamboo is an extremely strong material. The molars are also adapted to chew and break down bamboo. Unlike other bears, giant pandas do not use their canines often.

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