- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - ZooMontana has added a fourth red panda to its collection and is asking volunteers to help grow bamboo to keep up with their healthy appetites.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1H2Qwc1 ) that 9-year-old Daisy arrived in late April joining a 5-year-old male and two other pandas.

Red pandas are much smaller than the bears that share part of their name. Daisy weighs about eight pounds. Naturally, the smaller mammals eat much less.

The zoo orders about $100 to $200 of bamboo a month, which equates to 10 to 12 pounds of the green shoots.

A zoo spokesman said volunteers started tending a bamboo patch last year, growing about half of the pandas’ diet at home. The zoo is planning to expand the plot, to help lower expenses.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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