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How bamboo-eating pandas trick their bodies into thinking they are carnivores

On the outside, giant pandas look like herbivores. They spend nearly all of their waking hours eating bamboo.

But on the inside, they're built like carnivores. About half of the calories they eat come from protein, according to a new study.

That puts the giant panda diet on a par with wolves, feral cats and other animals that depend on meat to survive, the study authors

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