30 Of The Most Cutest Red Panda

Check out these 30 of the most cutest Red Panda. 

Hello! If you haven’t already, meet the Red Panda.

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Despite their name, Red Pandas are actually not closely related to the Giant Panda (the white and black panda).

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Red Pandas are members of the taxonomic “infraorder” Arctoidea. Meaning, they’re in the same group as bears, pinnipeds, raccoons, and mustelids.

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They are actually more like the skunks and raccoons that you might find in your backyard than giant pandas.

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However, like the giant panda, red pandas have a false thumb, which is an extension of the wrist bone. It’s great for grabbing bamboo.

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Red Pandas are very into naps. They are mainly active in the beginning of the day, then spend the rest of their time lounging around in the trees.

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Breeding season for red pandas is typically the late fall through winter, with a gestation period of about four months, which has most baby pandas born in the spring/summer.

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Mothers prepare for the birth of their children by building nests in tree trunks. The newborn cubs will stay in these nests until 3 months of age.

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Mothers raise their children until adulthood, which is anywhere between 12-18 months.

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Roughly 50% of the red panda population is located in the Eastern Himalayas.

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The loss of nesting trees and bamboo is causing a big decline however.

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Adult red pandas live generally solitary lifestyles. They rarely travel in pairs, and are only around others during mating season.

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Red pandas are only slightly larger than the domestic house cat.

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Like the cat, red pandas clean themselves first thing when they wake up. They will lick their front paws and then rub their backs, stomachs, and sides.

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These animals spend most of their lives in trees. They even sleep on branches.

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While they are members of the Order Carnivora, the red panda is not actually carnivore. They are mostly herbivores.

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Their diet mainly consists of leaves and bamboo, with the occasional snack of fruits, insects, and bird eggs.

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A study also found that red pandas absolutely love fake sugar.

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flickr.comIn a study for The Journal of Heredity, researchers discovered pandas prefer the artificial sugars to natural sugars. They are the only non-primates that can taste aspartame. 

In 2013, Ireland declared the red panda their favorite zoo animal.

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Red pandas tweet. No, not in 140 characters like most of us. The sound that they make is actually called “twittering.”

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Red pandas have different names depending on where you are. In Nepal, they’re called “bhalu biralo.” Sherpas call the critter “ye niglva ponva” or “wah donka.”

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Red Pandas are into the “head nod.” They often communicate using body language, such as head bobbing and tail arching

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Their fur coats make them expert hide-and-seekers. The reddish-orange tint allows them to blend into trees with reddish-brown moss.

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In captivity red pandas can live up to 14 years and 7-8 years out in the wild.

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The origin of the name “Panda” is the Nepalese word for red panda – “Nigalya poonya,” which means the eater of bamboo.

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They are also known as the “firefox,” due to their resemblance and red coat. The web browser Mozilla Firefox is actually a reference to the red panda.

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Has your heart melted yet? If not, I’m sure this smile will do it.

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