RED PANDA (Ailurus fulgens) ©Taronga Zoo / GETTY IMAGES
The red panda is a small arboreal mammal, slightly larger than a house cat. It is native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.
It feeds mainly on bamboo, but is omnivorous and may also eat eggs, birds, insects, and small mammals. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.
Shortly after waking, red pandas clean their fur like a cat, licking their front paws and then rubbing their back, stomach and sides. They also rub their back and belly along the sides of trees or rocks. Then they patrol their territory, marking it with urine and a weak musk-smelling secretion from their anal gland. They search for food running along the ground or through the trees. They use their front paws to place the food into the mouth, and drink by plunging a paw into the water and then licking the paw.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_panda
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A baby Red Panda explores his new home at Taronga zoo in Sydney, Australia. The cub was born at Christmas and is the 45th to be born at the zoo since 1977. (via: Guardian UK)