Meet China's TWO different types of pandas: One looks more like bears while the other is closer to cats in appearance, state media says
Black-and-white giant pandas might all look similar, but there are apparently two different types of them living in today's China.
One of the subspecies from Sichuan looks more like bears while the other from Shaanxi has facial characteristics closer to cats, according to the Chinese state broadcaster.
The two groups have not interacted with each other for some 300,000 years, the official outlet reported.
In the wild, they are only found at high altitudes in cool, bamboo-rich mountainous areas of western China.
More than 70 per cent of the world's wild pandas live in Sichuan Province in south-western China, with the rest in the provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu in the north-west.
According to CCTV's report from Saturday, the pandas from Sichuan have bigger, longer heads and are more similar to bears in their appearance.
In comparison, those from the Qinling mountain range of Shaanxi have rounder heads with shorter noses, making them resemble cats more.
Although the two sub-species are related, DNA studies showed that they have not interacted with each other for about 300,000 years, the report said.
Little is known about the evolution of giant pandas - the oldest remains of the species unearthed in China date back approximately eight million years.
The widely held assumption is that bears of the panda family have been confined to China ever since they split from other bear species. However, there has been evidence to suggest that the animals might originate in Europe.
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Erm... They look the same to me.
dash64, anywhere, United States
They both look like the same panda. Maybe I'm culturally insensitive or ra.cist because I haven't been in contact with many of their kind, but they all look alike to me.
D.Lareme, Golden West, United States
If I had to guess, I would say they both look like pandas.
dylan8, Mermaid Beach, Australia
Where's the one that looks like a cat??
deindoctrinator, reading, United Kingdom
China leads the world in animal abuse, although there are plenty of contenders for the title.
Barbed wire, London
They are both adorable.
JimmyJam, Alaska USA, United States
Amazing! One looks like a panda and the other looks like a panda.
piscesmoonchild, Oldham, United Kingdom
Can't tell the difference between them both cuties though. I never knew a brown panda was a thing until today, I prefer the regular type
MsKitty, Annapolis, United States
KingOfCool999, Fly Over, United States
Am I crazy? They look alike to me.
elfuego, SomeWhere, United States
I thought it was just me that couldn't see the difference
jih33, virginia beach, United States
they both look cool
Nanasue, MYOB, United Kingdom
Stop reporting on China affairs DM they are loathed by so many
ByeDonald, Tampa, United States
All y'all Pandas look alike to me !
Khalid who else, IdontKnow, Netherlands
Made in China in a lab
Suz, Abridge, United Kingdom
I love the picture of the baby Pandas eating !
Tanuki, Metropolis, Antarctica
But, what do they taste like, China?
Mustafacul, Los Angeles, United States
the report later went on to say that in either case, they both tasted like chicken
KMH1111, Varies, United States
I Love them both!!
Johnny Brown, Nottingham, United Kingdom
The world should stop pandering to China !!