The giant panda is a large, bulky bear. It is not a bear, it is more related to the raccoon than to bears. It inhabits the forests of China's Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces. The panda is easily identified by having black and white fur. The creature's diet is almost entirely made up of bamboo, which has little nutrients. Fortunately, the panda has a thumb-like digit on each hand to grip onto the plant. At birth, the creature is tiny compared to its mother. The giant panda is under threat because people encroach upon its habitat and kill it for its fur. Protected areas like Wolong Reserve have been set up for the panda's protection. The creature's natural predators include eagles and snow leopards.