Baby Pandas - Their Growing Process

A baby panda’s growing process is interesting, but very difficult, because they are extremely fragile and can easily get sick and die. At breeding centers 90% of baby pandas survive nowadays, compared to no more than 30% in the 1960s.


July to September is the period when mother pandas give birth. Baby pandas stay in their mothers’ uterus for just 3 to 5 months. All pandas are born very small.

When giant pandas are born, they are tiny, blind, and pink, with few hairs. The average weight is 100g (0.2 pounds), only 1/900 of their mother’s weight (compared to around 1/20 for humans). The lightest one on record was only 36g (0.1 pounds), and the heaviest one 210g (0.5 pounds).

The limbs of newborn pandas are so weak that they are not able to stand at all. For 2 months after birth, baby pandas basically only feed on milk, sleep, and poo.

The Growing Process

After 7 Days

Some blackish hairs start to grow on their ears, around their eyes and shoulders.

After 25 Days

Black hairs grow all over the neck and chest, and they have bigger dark circles around their eyes. At the same time, white hairs also begin to grow, which give the panda its distinctive black and white look. A month-old panda is around 2 kilograms (4 lb).

After 3 Months

Their limbs become stronger. They can walk as far as a meter (3 feet), but staggering, and sometimes falling over. They weigh about 5–6 kilograms (11–13 lb) by this time.

After 4 Months

The pandas start to run a few steps, and love rolling about on the ground.

After 6 Months

They begin to eat bamboo. It’s about spring time and their growing process gets faster after 6 months. Male pandas generally develop faster than female pandas.

At One Year Old

Panda cubs are weaned by the time they are one year old, and continue to live with their mothers for about half a year, until the mother panda is pregnant. If she doesn't conceive, the mother panda will live her cub for two years, and leave the cub to fend for itself. At one year cubs are up to 40 kg.

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Q:Kamaya Blount Asked on 08:28 AM Feb. 01 2012 Reply
when do pandas go away from there mother? do they stay with their moms?
Cubs live with their mothers for up to two years. Giant pandas are fully mature and able to breed at six years old.

Iris Zhong Replied on 02:33 AM Feb. 03 2012

they go away from their moms untill they're over 6 months,Ashley

so they do go away from their moms

guest Replied on 6:49 PM Feb. 08 2012

Q:John Asked on 03:29 AM Mar. 08 2011 Reply
It is hard to believe that a baby panda so small.
Yes, that's amazing. Babypanda is so cute! so lovely! guest Replied on 8:05 PM Mar. 08 2011
Q:David Asked on 03:09 AM Mar. 08 2011 Reply
How many Pandas do you have in China?
There are about 1000 pandas found (hopefully more not found) in the wildness in west China, there are 100 pandas in zoos. Victor Shu Replied on 03:18 AM Mar. 08 2011
i think there should be a lot more. guest Replied on 06:20 AM Apr. 13 2011