Werepandas are a species of werebeast who are totemically connected to the Giant Panda Totem or the Red Panda Totem. Most werepandas are able to shift into a bestial and/or half-bestial form at will. Some will also shift if certain triggers — such as a particular moon phase or becoming angry — occur.
In human form, werepandas are indistinguishable from an average human. They may have panda-like features, such as notably round eyes or large ears, or a panda-like disposition, but they are human otherwise. In beast form, werepandas are physically no different than an average giant panda or red panda. Mentally, though, they still retain their personhood and can make decisions as they would in any other form. Totemically, all werebeasts can sense another of their kind with their normal senses. As the therianthropic abilities of werebeasts are not scientific in nature, they cannot be detected through any sort of physical or genetic examination.
Genetics and Reproduction
Like most werecreatures, werepandas can choose to reproduce as a human or as the animal type they are. To do the latter requires that their partner also be a werebeast. Regardless of how a werepanda chooses to reproduce, they typically only have a single offspring or, on occasion, twins.
Growth Rate & Stages
Werepanda offspring, known as cubs, can be birthed in either human form or in beast form. Cubs that are born in beast form transform into a human toddler around three months after their birth, and remain in that form for the remainder of their life unless a werecreature themselves. Werepandas mature and grow at the same rate as a human after shifting.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Werepandas are omnivorous in their human forms much like a normal human would be. In their beast form, however, they are typically herbivorous. Most werepandas will have diets high in plant matter and fiber no matter their form to avoid digestive upset.
Werepandas in particular have been known to stash food for later times quite often. They are instrumental in the running of the Storehouses of House Ailurus.
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