Top pandas hit the high spots

Male pandas and marking

source: New Scientist March 2 2002 p23

Male giant pandas mark territory by urinating on vertical surfaces, and other pandas stay away if the mark left by the panda is high up, according to Zoological Society of San Diego’s Angela White, who studied pandas in a Chinese nature reserve. Pandas may raise their legs, and even do handstands to be able to leave a high mark. This behaviour is similar to that of some male humans after they have been drinking alcohol.