Do Pandas Have Tails ?

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Do Pandas Have Tails ?

You keep wondering if pandas have tails? What does a panda's tail look like? Is it white or black? How big is it? What is it for?

Then welcome to We Love Panda. Our all-panda-loving team is the best place to answer any questions you may have on the subject.

Yes! Pandas Have Tails!  A small tail of twelve centimeters, about one tenth of its total body length. The scientific name of the giant panda is Ailuropoda melanoleuca. Which means "cat" in Greek, from aiolos meaning "in constant motion", and oura "tail". Its scientific name was a little clue! But we don't blame you for not knowing it.

In the next few lines you'll see:

  • The size of the panda's tail
  • The color of the panda's tail
  • The usefulness of the panda's tail
  • The usefulness of the tail in animals
  • Why don't humans have tails?

After reading this article the panda addict that you will no longer have any secrets from this mysterious black and white animal.

Let's get started! 😀 

panda plush tail

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What a panda's tail looks like?

You try to picture the panda in your mind but you can't visualize the panda's tail? This is what it looks like:

1) How long is a panda's tail?

It is not easy to observe its tail because of its thick fur that camouflages it and Panda Bears keep them close to its body. The tail of the adult panda measures between 10 and 15 centimeters long. But when pandas are panda cubs, the baby panda tail is widely visible and accounts for a quarter of its entire body. The tail of a baby panda is therefore less than 4 centimeters long.

baby panda

3) What color tails do pandas have?

Panda is a black and white animal. It is considered in China as the embodiment of yin and yang ☯. Although its legs are black, the panda's tail is white!

panda tail color

4) What do panda tails do?

It has a tail to protect the area of its glands, as well as its anus and vulva. Pandas have strange behaviors with theirs tails they use them like a brush 🖌 when it produces hormones to leave traces all around. Panda males mark their territory in this way to show who the alpha male is and create a dominance hierarchy. Female panda bears attract other males to mate when she is in heat.

It should be noted here that the short breeding season partly explains why the panda is on the red list of endangered species, but there are other explanations such as poaching, bush meat trade, and even the pet trade.

panda tail

5) Do red pandas have tails?

In case you're wondering, the red panda (ailurus fulgens) has a great tail too . The red panda and the giant panda only loosely related to the giant panda 🐼. Indeed, the common ancestor of these two animals is also an ancestor for all living bears, pinnipeds (seals and walruses), and members of the Musteloidea family (weasels and otters)

red panda plush

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What's the use of a tail in animals?

1) A tail to climb

Some species like monkeys, chimpanzees (pan troglodytes), macaques or bonobos (pan paniscus) have a prehensile tail. The tail is used to cling to branches to assist movement. The tail is seen as a 5th hand that can be rolled up on a support and hold on to it firmly. The red howler monkey 🙊 as well as the brown howler monkey uses its tail to move around.

monkey tail

2) A tail to navigate in the air

The tail in flight-capable birds 🦅 acts as an air brake for landing. To function as such, they must move apart laterally. They also assist in flight maneuvers.

bird tail

3) A tail to Swim

The tail on fish 🐟 is a tail fin. It allows the fish to move a large volume of water and thus to propel itself and allows the fish to swim.

fish tail

4) A Tail for self-defense

    The tail can also be used for self-defense, as in iguanas, who use it as a whip. And in some reptiles 🦎 (especially lizards), the tail may be separated from the body voluntarily. This is a defense mechanism that allows the predator to be occupied while the reptile flees.

    iguanas tail

    5) A tail to maintain the body’s balance

    It is also a means of maintaining the body's balance, during a jump for example, as in kangaroos, squirrels or felines. And it can be a communication tool, as it is for dogs and cats.

    kangaroo tail

    6) A Tail as a seduction tool

    In other animals and more particularly in birds, it is an ornament of sexual seduction as in the peacock and in other species a simple secondary sexual character as in sea turtles 🐢.

    turtle tail

    Why don't human have tails?

    Humans are vertebrate animals, why don't they have tails? Some other mammals and non-human species have no tail. Indeed, ape species such as chimps, bonobos (pan-paniscus), gorillas, orangutans, gibbons, don't have it!

    1) Human evolution

    Sapiens are hominoid and member of primate species. Humans are vertebrates, so why don't they have tails? Because of human evolution, humans certainly lost their tails when they became bipeds. Indeed, we can observe that great apes and some species of primates, already have no tail, or a small one because their weight does not allow a tail to cling to the branches (orangutans). Furthermore, it would not be possible to sit with a tail on the back of the body. Feet and hands are therefore now the only points of balance in the human body.

    human body

    2) human evolution tail

    But human primates have a tail. The proof is that human embryos all have a small tail when they are in the womb. It is only when they are transformed into a fetus that the tail is inside the body at the coccyx.

    But we still don't understand the use of teeth on a fish tail. Yes you read correctly, we found this thing on May 11th, 2020 on a beach in England. EWW!

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    So, we could see together that the Panda has a small white tail with various uses. But not only that, we have generally seen the usefulness of the tail in other animals on our wonderful blue planet and the reasons why humans are deprived of it

    At We Love Panda, we have no doubt about the negative impact humans have on their environment. That is why we are committed to the cause of the panda. Saving the panda is not just about protecting one species. Saving the panda is saving many because the panda is what we call an umbrella species. So saving the panda is saving a whole ecosystem as a whole. Raising public awareness of the panda's cause is the key to saving many other less known species. 🐾

    So, you too take action by proudly wearing a panda on your clothes or giving a plush panda to a child. Make your family and friends aware of the cause of the panda and all other species.

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