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Red pandas are playful, cute animals that are mostly related to mustelids ( weasels, minks,
etc) and raccoons, but also bears and pinnipeds (sea lions, otters,
etc). They have reddish-brown fur, long, shaggy tails, upright ears,
blackish eyes, and  black noses. They also have thick fur on the
soles of their feet, which offers thermal insulation. The head and body
length of a red panda generally measures 20 to 25 inches, and their
tails are about 12 to 20 inches long. They weigh between 12 – 20 pounds;
they are around the size of a domestic cat. The average life span in
the wild for a red panda is 8 years, but they live longer in captivity .They
live among tall mountains, conifers, and deciduous hardwoods in
southwestern China and the eastern Himalayas , with temperatures of 10 –
25° C. They are excellent climbers and swimmers.Red pandas are mostly herbivores. The majority of
their diet is bamboo, but they also consume fruits, roots, insects, and
eggs, among other things. Like giant pandas, they mostly just eat and
sleep due to their low-calorie diet. Bamboo makes up 85 to 95 percent of
their diet, according to the National Zoo. They have to consume about
2-4 pounds of bamboo a day, since they can only digest about 24 percent
of the bamboo they eat. According to the San Diego Zoo, female red
pandas consume about 20,000 bamboo leaves a day. And here’s a fun fact:
red pandas are the only non – primates that can taste artificial
sweeteners.They are solitary,
arboreal, and crepuscular. Their preferred temperature is between 17
and 25° C, and they cannot tolerate temperatures over 25° C. When they are overheated,
they stretch out on branches and pant to lower their body temperature.
When they are cold, they wrap themselves in their bushy tails.
Sometimes, in very cold temperatures, they lower their metabolic rate
and enter short dormant periods that last a few hours. When they wake up
they search for food. Their predators include mustelids
and snow leopards. When in danger, they attempt to escape by climbing trees
or tall rock columns. Their red and white fur also aids them in
camouflaging into birch tree branches, which are often covered in
reddish-brown moss. If that is unsuccessful, they will stand on their
hind legs to appear larger than they actually are, and as a last resort
use their sharp claws on their front paws to defend themselves, like
cats. They also groom themselves like cats. Their scientific name
actually roughly translates into “shining cat”. Red pandas use body-language to communicate, and a variety of noises, such as squeals, whistles, hisses, and grunts.Unfortunately,
these adorable creatures are an endangered species, and declining
rapidly, with less than 10,000 adults in the wild , according to the San
Diego Zoo. This is mostly a result of habitat loss and poaching for fur. The red panda may not be an animal you hear about every day but these lovable, playful, and overall amazing animals are my ultimate favorites and I am sure they will melt your heart ,as well. They will certainly put a smile to your face.