There’s a great piece on Giant Pandas in the Smithsonian Magazine this month, exploring the complexity — and magnificence — of the Giant Panda:
If they were simple, they might not be as marvelous. Instead, pandas are peculiar: They are a one-off, limited-edition animal model that has guarded many of its secrets, in spite of the fact that it has been scrutinized by zoologists for decades. Even the basic question of what they are—whether they are more bear or more raccoon or something else altogether—is still tossed around. Read more here, and visit other Giant Pandas on explore.org.