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Om Nom Nom by JessicaDobbs Om Nom Nom by JessicaDobbs
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 General 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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