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Two cute Red Panda's at the Detroit Zoo, eating a bunch of bamboo! :squee:


Red Panda Info



The red panda is dwarfed by the black-and-white giant that shares its name. These pandas typically grow to the size of a house cat, though their big, bushy tails add an additional 18 inches (46 centimeters). The pandas use their ringed tails as wraparound blankets in the chilly mountain heights.

The red panda shares the giant panda's rainy, high-altitude forest habitat, but has a wider range. Red pandas live in the mountains of Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma), as well as in central China.

These animals spend most of their lives in trees and even sleep aloft. When foraging, they are most active at night as well as in the gloaming hours of dusk and dawn.

Red pandas have a taste for bamboo but, unlike their larger relatives, they eat many other foods as well—fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. Like giant pandas, they have an extended wrist bone that functions almost like a thumb and greatly aids their grip.

They are shy and solitary except when mating. Females give birth in the spring and summer, typically to one to four young. Young red pandas remain in their nests for about 90 days, during which time their mother cares for them. (Males take little or no interest in their offspring.)

The red panda has given scientists taxonomic fits. It has been classified as a relative of the giant panda, and also of the raccoon, with which it shares a ringed tail. Currently, red pandas are considered members of their own unique family—the Ailuridae.

Red pandas are endangered, victims of deforestation. Their natural space is shrinking as more and more forests are destroyed by logging and the spread of agriculture.
(More info and Source here.)


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Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
#ArtSupporters has featured you dear :)
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :squee: :tighthug:
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Silverkey101 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student
Wow you got lucky, They are usually in the tree's when I visit.
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so very much for your comment! :hug: :squee: :iconcheerplz:
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Silerna Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are so cute!Don't you think?:D
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes I do. :)
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Wonderer1000 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Wonderful!!! [link]
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that they have more of a cat than of a bear. Probably the ears are bear-like, but whiskers and tail is of a cat.
Cute little bamboo-eaters :)
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love these cute little guys too. They remind me the most of raccoons, mainly because of the tail. (When I was a little kid, raccoons were my favorite animals.)
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you are right, the bushy tail is a bit similar :)
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mjzoogirl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
The one on the left is mom, Ta Shi. The one on the right is son, Sherman who was born this summer. They are so adorable. My philosophy is, "The only thing cuter than a red panda is a baby red panda!"
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
That is so awesome! Thank you so much for letting me know who is whom. :aww:
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garald4 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love the red panda! Great photo, good composition!
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :aww:
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KyomiKitty Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I wish I had a red panda ;-; They're so cuuuuute
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yes they are. :aww:
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TheGobo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Nom nom nom randas
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hehe! :aww:
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Agetian Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Nawww they're adorable!! :love:
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Aren't they though. hehee
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Agetian Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Hehe no problem! :aww:
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ronaldo9999 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
What the hell are those ? i never seen them before, Cats or Dogs ahaha look at them they are fat and happy ahaha i love them
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh! Let me give you some information about these guys!

Red Pandas

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens, or shining-cat), is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China and related to raccoons, skunks and weasels. It is the only extant species of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, it has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. It feeds mainly on bamboo, but is omnivorous and may also eat eggs, birds, insects, and small mammals. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.

The red panda has been classified as Vulnerable by IUCN because its population is estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature individuals. Although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries, their numbers in the wild continue to decline mainly due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression.

The red panda has been previously classified in the families Procyonidae (raccoons) and Ursidae (bears), but recent research has placed it in its own family Ailuridae, in superfamily Musteloidea along with Mustelidae and Procyonidae. Two subspecies are recognized.

(Source and More Info Here.)
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ronaldo9999 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
thank you for the information, they are now my favorite animals
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're more than welcome. :D
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOOOOOOVE Red Pandas!
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hehe, yes. They are super adorable! :heart:
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ndbag Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Very cute red pandas. ^__^
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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ndbag Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
You are very welcome. ^__^
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous work! :)
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Kezulos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh so sweet, just want to cuddle them forever :iconsweetplz:
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
I do too! They're so incredibly cute! :squee: :aww:
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MilanNikolaPetrovic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
^.^
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:aww:
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ValentinaAmai Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Aaawwww :iconawwwplz:
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I agree! :aww:
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