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Pandas are going extinct, mostly due to habitat destruction. This leads me to the question: How fast can an average adult panda run? (more specifically Giant Panda)

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    $\begingroup$ I was wondering the same thing! $\endgroup$ – GamrCorps Jan 31 '16 at 22:31
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    $\begingroup$ you can't outrun death $\endgroup$ – aaaaaa Feb 1 '16 at 1:18
  • $\begingroup$ How does panda's habitat destruction lead you to wonder about their top speed? $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Feb 1 '16 at 2:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Remi.b habitat destruction -> pandas dying -> animals dying -> being prey -> escaping predators -> running -> running speed $\endgroup$ – Downgoat Feb 1 '16 at 2:33
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    $\begingroup$ Adult pandas don't have predators. But anyway. The question is valid without needing justification for your interest :) $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Feb 1 '16 at 2:38
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Top speed = 20 mph (32 kmh), according to a-z animals.

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    $\begingroup$ This value (i.e., 32kmh) is corroborated here. However, neither source indicates their own source for this speed. As a result, it should likely be accepted with caution! I did briefly scour the literature itself and found no indication of someone studying panda speed in detail. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Feb 1 '16 at 7:30
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it would be interesting to know where they got their data. Some quick searching reveals a top speed of about 40 mph for bears (brown/grizzly), with even the slowest bears allegedly being able to run 30 mph, according to some sources. Of course, giant pandas are bears, but I haven't found any sources crediting them with speeds above 20 mph. All the sources I've found for panda speeds are a little flaky. Still, I would expect them to be slower than other bears, as they're forest-dwelling herbivores. $\endgroup$ – David Blomstrom Feb 1 '16 at 19:52
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I think that in comparison to a North American bear species, giant pandas would not give chase for very long as they prefer to move slowly. Recent research into giant panda biology indicates that the foraging speed of a giant panda is 50 feet an hour. Their metabolism is very slow, lower than a three toed sloth. Their entire way of life is slow movement so considering all that, I would say that you might be able to outlast them in a run. http://www.livescience.com/51505-giant-panda-metabolism.html

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