The giant panda weighs up to 300 pounds. Like most animals, male giant pandas weigh more than females. It is rare for a female giant panda to exceed 220 pounds.

Standing between 2 and 3 feet at the shoulder, the giant panda is roughly the size of an American black bear. They maintain their weight by eating continuously for up to 12 hours at a time, consuming 28 pounds of bamboo a day. In fact, 99 percent of the giant panda's diet is bamboo. Pandas do occasionally eat wild grasses and rodents. In rare cases they may feed on the fawns of musk deer.