Panda won by one vote.
The display in the lobby has prompted occasional discussion about pandas at the reference desk during the last month.
- Pandas are part of the Ursidae (bear) family, not the Procyonidae (raccoon) family. This is the subject of much debate, but DNA and molecular makeup put Giant Pandas closer to bears. However, scientists have not yet agreed on which family the red panda belongs to.
- Pandas are not marsupials, and koalas are not technically bears.
- Explanations for the unique black and white markings offered over the years include camouflage and extreme sorrow, and the reason why pandas in the wild and the zoo don't appear black and white is that they are not natural self-groomers, and they get dirty!
- Bamboo (the main staple in a panda's diet) flooring isn't necessarily the most 'green' option available.