Higher Biology - Physiology and Health

What are giant panda cubs like?

The giant panda is the smallest newborn of any non-marsupial mammal. It weighs around 120g at birth and is about 15cm in length. It is pink and doesn’t look like a giant panda. At about 15 days, black patterns begin to develop and by about 30 days, they start looking like the pandas we are familiar with. However, they cannot open their eyes until six or seven weeks old and do not develop their hearing until around 60 days.

Panda cubs live with their mothers until they are 18 months to two years old, then fend for themselves in the wild.

  Newborn giant panda

  One month old giant panda