Nico (vilakins) wrote,

Red pandas

For those intrigued by the red pandas in my previous post, here's a better picture, scanned from this week's Listener (the article was about baby boomers; the woman in the pic was a high-powered executive who turned fulltime mother).

red panda

You can see their size and utter cuteness there--aww, look at the little tongue! She's probably feeding it fruit; they love that. The zoo hold 'encounters' like this at set times of the day and I'm going to plan my next visit around a few of them. I want to meet a red panda and touch one of the new cheetahs we're getting at Easter. :-D

Sadly, red pandas are endangered. If you want to know more about them, see this excellent article in the Wikipedia which makes it clear that they're not really bears but in a class of their own. Auckland Zoo has at least six that I could see, constantly climbing and moving about, except for one who went to sleep, zonked out flat along a tree trunk. :-)

A few years ago, one escaped from Wellington Zoo and climbed a tree across the road and was found when people reported a large, strange, red cat in the tree. That was the first I'd heard of them and they're among my favourite animals now.

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