Chinese name: 熊猫

Pinyin: xióng māo

English name: panda

Characters: The word for panda consists of two single characters 熊(meaning: bear) and 猫(meaning: cat). The character 熊 has an image of a bear and a fire radical. The character 猫 has a dog radical, a grass radical and a rice field radical.

Interesting fact: When panda cubs are born they are tiny. In fact, they even lack the strength to poo. Panda mothers help them by licking the back end. So the next time you’re changing a horrible dirty nappy, spare a thought for all the panda mothers out there!