A panda that isn’t really a panda?
Even though they share a common name, Red Pandas are not closely related to Giant Pandas – the goofy ones we know and love. Red Pandas actually share common traits with raccoons, weasels, and skunks. They sort of look like red raccoons to me, so I can see it.
Red Pandas do, however, eat bamboo just like giant pandas. They are not picky eaters whatsoever – their diet that consists of fruits, roots, acorns, bird’s eggs, insects, small mammals, and more.
You can find Red Pandas in high-altitude forests in the Himalayas and other mountainous regions to the east. They tend to live near water sources and spots with a lot of bamboo.
It’s estimated that there are less than 10,000 red pandas left in the wild, and they’re currently listed as an endangered species. Habitat loss, poaching, diseases, natural disasters, and climate change are some of the threats that red pandas face.
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