The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) are found in the forest canopy in the mountains of Nepal, India, Bhutan, China, Laos and Myanmar. As clear from their name, red pandas are red, and have white and black markings. Their legs and bellies are black. Their tails are ringed. They even have fur on the soles of their feet, which helps them stay warm in the high altitudes where they live. The name of the Firefox web browser is said to have been derived from a nickname of the red panda.
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Facts about Red Panda:
1. The Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens) live in the forest & mountains in Nepal, India, Bhutan, China, Laos and Myanmar.
2. The red panda is commonly called the wah because of the "wah" call that it makes. It also has the common name fire fox because of its reddish fur and fox-like snout.
3. The red panda weighs 5% of the giant panda's weight.
4. Male red pandas fight with each other by standing on their hind legs and boxing with their claws.
5. Red pandas use their tongues to detect different scents.
6. The first live red panda was put in the London Zoo on May 22, 1869.
7. Red pandas are considered arboreal animals, because they are usually seen resting on trees.
8. Red pandas hate water.
9. To stay warm, red pandas sometimes roll into a ball, with their heads tucked beneath their chest and nose pushed between their hind paws.
10. If a red panda's den is discovered by a human more than once, the mother panda may respond by eating her cubs.
11. The length of tail of a red panda is almost equal to its entire body.
12. Male red pandas do not help take care of their cubs.
13. These rare animals mainly eat bamboo and spend up to 13 hours/day in search of food (mainly bamboo).
14. The red panda only eats the young, tender shoots and leaves. They will also eat fruit, berries, blossoms, insects, and bird eggs. Occasionally they eat fungi, seeds, acorns, young birds, and small rodents.
15. Litters of red panda range from 1 to 4 babies. Newborn cubs are covered in thick gray fur and weigh only 4 to 5 ounces. Their eyes and ears are closed at birth. Cubs stay in the nest for about 90 days and stay with mom until the next mating season. They are adult by 12 months, but aren’t ready to reproduce until 18 to 24 months.
16. Red pandas are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. They sleep in trees with their tails curled around themselves.
17. They communicate using body language and a variety of sounds, including a warning whistle.
18. Red pandas walk slowly on the ground.
19. Red pandas are classified as endangered mainly due to loss of habitat, but also due to hunting for their fur to make hats, etc.
20. Natural predators of red pandas are the snow leopard, clouded leopard and wild dogs etc.
21. The Red Panda is about the size of a raccoon and weighs around 7 to 14 pounds. They are about 20 to 26 inches long with their tail an additional 12 to 20 inches.
22. Their other names are: Bear-cat, Bright Panda, Cat-bear, Fire Fox, Lesser Panda, Petit Panda and Poonya.
23. Their claws are partially retractable. They have an extended bone which is like a “thumb.”
24. Living life of Red pandas is 12 to 14 years.
25. Over the winter red pandas often lose up to 15% of their body weight.