Red Panda / Lesser Panda Facts
|Size||Up to 25.1 inch (64 cm)|
|Speed||Up to 23.6 mph (38 km/h)|
|Weight||9.9 - 13.3 lb (4.5 - 6 kg)|
|Lifespan||8 - 12 years|
|Food||Bamboo, birds, lizards, insects|
|Habitat||Nepal, Burma, China|
|Scientific name||Ailurus fulgens|
|Characteristics||Red fur, long bushy tail|
What Kind of an Animal is the Red Panda?
Biologists still hold differing views: Is the red panda really a genuine panda? It shares its habitat with the giant panda it also likes to eat bamboo and has an extra thumb for climbing just like its bigger “cousin”.
Biologists have not yet been able to pigeon-hole the red panda, and thus have categorized it as a member of the family of “Ailuridae”.
Name Giver for the Web Browser
In order to navigate through the internet, you need a web browser which enables you to enter web addresses (= URLs). Most people use Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. Firefox is named after the red panda (in China the little animal of prey is also called “firefox”).
Interesting Drinking Method
If the red panda is thirsty, it dips its paw into the water and licks the water off.
Does the Red Panda Growl Like a Bear?
No, the little redhead whistles and twitters like a bird. Funny, isn’t it?
Who was There First, the Giant Panda or the Red Panda?
The red panda was described for the first time in 1821, 48 years before the giant panda was first mentioned in scientific documents.
Where Does the Word Panda Come From?
Originally, „panda“ is a Nepalese word and means „bamboo eater“.
Why is the Red Panda Red?
Between the green bamboo plants, the red fur does not seem to be the optimal camouflage. Yet, the trees on which the red panda spends its live are often overgrown with red mosses and lichens.
Red pandas spend 13 hours per day with looking for bamboo and eating. They put away about 2.2 - 4.4 lb (1 - 2 kg), which is approximately 20 - 30 % of their own weight (a little more than 13.2 lb; 6 kg). So a human weighing 60 kg would have to shove 26.4 - 39.6 lb (12 - 18 kg) of food in its mouth!
What a Bushy Tail!
The tail of the red panda can be as long as the animal itself: up to 23.6 inch (60 cm)! The panda cannot use it to hold on to branches, but it helps not to lose balance.
When taking a nap, the panda protects its face with its tail and uses it just like a sleep mask.
In their natural habitat, red pandas reach an age of up to 10 years. At the zoo, they get a little bit older, up to 15 years.
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