Eats, flips, shoots and leaves: Scientists solve the mystery of why pandas like to do a handstand when they urinate (and say it is to mark their territory)
If you go down to the woods in China today, you're in for a big surprise.
Researchers have uncovered the mystery behind one of the oddest animal behaviours ever found - male pandas performing a handstand when they urinate.
There is a purpose to this gymnastic feat, however, for an upside-down panda can get his pee higher up a tree - allowing him to spread his scent further afield and therefore increase his chances during the limited mating window.
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Going up: A panda in the Qinling Mountains region of China makes a handstand in order to mark his territory
Once he's found the right position, the panda can leave a high water-mark on the tree bark
Like many species, pandas mark their territory, and with a rapidly dwindling population, it is crucial that the males can make their presence known to ensure successful mating.
How pandas like to pee on a tree while doing a handstand to mark their territory | Mail Online