Why Do People Find Pandas Cute?

People might find pandas cute because the animal’s facial features remind the brain of human babies, research suggests. Pandas and human babies have large heads with prominent eyes, flat noses and round faces. Research also has found that when humans view juvenile images of babies or pandas, it triggers the middle orbital cortex, the part of the brain responsible for feelings of pleasure and positive emotion. Even research participants who claimed they did not find the images cute had brain scans that showed differently. This is thought to be for evolutionary survival reasons, so that adults instinctively feel the desire to take care of babies.

More about pandas:

  • Pandas spend about 12 hours per day eating. The average panda eats 28 pounds (12.5 kg) of bamboo each day.
  • As of 2013, there were an estimated 1,600 pandas left in the wild and about 200 living in zoos.
  • Newborn pandas are 1/900th the size of their mothers. Excluding marsupials, baby pandas are the smallest newborn mammals in relation to their mothers’ sizes.
More Info: worldwildlife.org

Discussion Comments


I love pandas, and I never noticed it until reading this article, but it's right. People always associate pandas with babies, whom people also love. Though it's not stated, I feel one reason why people love babies so much is because of their innocence. There's something about their curious innocent expressions, and their playfulness that's hard to resist. My friend is in charge of a daycare. Though he was very reluctant at first, he has grown to love the kids, and they're almost like a family to him.

@Viranty - Considering how much pandas eat, I guess we can assume that they spend the other half of the day sleeping. Humans and animals alike, after eating a big meal, we usually just want to lie down and rest. We've all had one of those moments. However, as for your second question, we have to remember that the digestive system of animals is much different than ours.

Also, what we eat can make animals sick, and what they eat can make us sick, such as raw meat. On another note, some animals have digestive tracts that come in different shapes. Did you know that cows have four stomachs?


This is an interesting article. I had no idea that pandas spend so much of the day eating. If that's the case, then what else do they do during their spare time? Also, how are they able to digest all of that food?

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