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The stereotypical image of the giant panda is of a black and white bear, but that’s not entirely accurate!  These images are of Qinling pandas, a subspecies of the giant panda restricted to the Qinling Mountains.  Officially named in 2005, this subspecies is recognised by its smaller skull size, larger molars, and of course, its brown colouring.  It is also extremely rare; there are likely only 200 to 300 of these bears left in the wild. 

A Giant panda with rare brown-and-white fur eats a carrot at a natural conservation area in Qinling, Shaanxi province, September 6, 2013. The four-year-old giant panda was found in Qinling when it was a cub in 2009, according to local media. Picture taken September 6, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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