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 can survive nowadays, compared to no more than 30% in the 1960s.


July to September is the period when mother pandas give birth to their babies. The babies will have stayed in their mothers’ uterus for 3 to 6 months. All pandas are born premature.

When the babies are born, they are tiny, blind and pink, with few hairs. The average weight is 100g (0.2 pounds), taking up only 1/900 of their mother’s weight. The lightest one on record was only 36g (0.1 pounds), and the heaviest one 210g (0.5 pounds).

The limbs of newborn babies 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.

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 their 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 a distinctive black and white look.

After 3 Months

Their limbs become stronger. They can walk as far as 1 meter (3.3 ft) but staggering, and sometimes even fall 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.

Becoming Adult Pandas

Giant panda cubs leave their mother at about 2 years old. Wild giant pandas reach sexual maturity at about the age of 7, while captive giant pandas are 2–3 years earlier than wild ones. An adult panda weighs 80–150 kilograms (176–331 lb).

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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