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Study reveals why pandas have black, white markings

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After watching one too many panda videos online, you’re probably convinced the best job in the world is becoming a panda nanny.

If you’re interested in applying for the job or just secretly wishing to pet one, here’s something you ought to know about the little ball of fur.

In this Jan. 16, 2016 file photo, giant panda cub Bei Bei roams in his pen as he goes on public exhibit for the first time at the National Zoo, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) / MANILA BULLETIN

Hint: Pandas have dark markings not just to make them cute.

According to Mashable, a recent study by researchers from UC Davis and California State University, Long Beach explained the adaptive significance of the colors of a panda.

The study, published in Behavioral Ecology, stated that the white parts of a panda serve as camouflage in a snowy environment; while the dark markings around the eyes and ears make them appear like bears.

It is meant as signal of “intent about ferocity” to snow leopards, jackals and other predators. It also helps other bears recognize panda as their own kind.

Mashable also reported, the study found that the black markings don’t have an effect in helping pandas “regulate temperature, obscure animal’s shape or reduce eye glare.”

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