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The Red Panda

Red Pandas are native to North Asia. There are on the endangered species list so many may not ever see them in the wild. There are still families that are known in China, Bhutan, Nepal, Laos, India and Myanmar. The red panda must live where there is bamboo and plenty of it. An adult red panda eats a combination of bamboo leaves and stocks in a day.

Science couldn’t quite decide where the species should land on the science charts. In 1895, they were classed with the Procyonidae family. (The same as the raccoon.)  Many of their characteristics and markers seemed to fit. When they were they were able to test the DNA they discover it was changed to Ursidae (the bear family).

The animals have a double layer of fur to protect it from the elements. There is a dense woolly undercoat and then long coarse hairs.  The markings around their eyes help them be protected from the sun. Their big bushy tails help to keep them balanced.

If it gets too cold in the winter the red panda is able to adapt. They can go  dormant for a few hours and then get up and eat, then repeat. (Perhaps my husband is related, he does that all winter.)

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