Pandas are bear-like animals with dense white fur and black markings on their ears, limbs, shoulders and around their eyes. They live in pairs and small groups in the bamboo forests of the steep mountains in western China and in the Tibetan Himalayas. In order to stay healthy, pandas need to eat about 15% of their body weight in 12 hours. 99% of what they eat is bamboo. Though pandas appear to have thumbs, they are actual enlarged wrist bones, which have developed to help them eat the bamboo.