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Hangin' With A Red Panda

Updated on November 18, 2014
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One Pretty Baby

I really do love all of the animals at the zoo, but there is just something so sweet about the Red Panda.

For one thing, every time I see one at the zoo, it is alone. His solitary existence just seems to tug at my heart. It is so pretty that I always want to just reach in and grab that little cutie and give it a hug.

It breaks my heart to know that the Red Panda is endangered.


Red Pandas

The beautiful Red Panda lives, eats and sleeps up in a tree. When it is cold, it will wrap itself with its gorgeous furry, ringed tail to keep warm. The Red Panda sleeps mostly during the day and forages for food at night. They eat fruit, berries, acorns, eggs. mushrooms and bamboo.

Because of his lovely red hair, he has also been named a Firefox and because he resembles a domestic cat, he has been called a Bear Cat and even Red Cat. Ironically, the Red Panda is not a bear, it is not a cat and it is not a fox. It is in fact in a family of its own. It is a Ailuride, part of the Musteloidea superfamily which includes the skunk, weasel and raccoon.

This endangered animal is still illegally hunted for his fur and even for his tail, which is considered a good luck charm.

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A Few Facts About the Red Panda

  • Weight: 12 - 20 lbs
  • Length: 20 - 26 in.
  • Tail Length: 12 - 20 inches
  • Average Lifespan: 8 years
  • Lives in China, India, Myanmar & Nepal


This is an especially adorable video of two Red Pandas playing in the snow.

You will be able to see for yourself their tremendous ability to climb and hang in a tree and I know you will enjoy watching their antics in the snow as much as I do.

Where You Can See a Red Panda

Because Red Pandas are endangered, plus they are awesome at camouflaging themselves within tree branches and leaves, it is rare to see one in the wild. However, many zoos care for Red Pandas.

I highly recommend visiting a zoo sometime soon to see a Red Panda in person. I know you will simply fall in love with them!

Be sure to take your camera too! Once you spot a Red Panda, you will want to memorialize the moment with a snapshot, or perhaps a dozen or more. I always find it difficult to step away from these little sweeties. If he is sleeping, I always want to hang around until he wakes up. If he happens to be awake and moving around, I am simply mesmerized by his ability to slowly climb head first down a tree trunk. Makes me wish I had retractable claws!

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Red Panda ~ This photo was given to me for this article by EMangl
Red Panda ~ This photo was given to me for this article by EMangl | Source

Another Great Book About Red Pandas

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      happynutritionist 3 years ago

      I saw my first red panda years ago at the Bronx Zoo when our children were very young...I'm happy to see that they are still caring for them. How adorable these pictures are!

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      RaintreeAnnie 3 years ago from UK

      Oh these red pandas are simply gorgeous! I have never seen one in the wild and i don't know if there are any in zoos here-been a long time since I visited a zoo. I would hate the think they could become extinct one day and Its awful they are still hunted, especially as they are endangered. They are enchanting...

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I do. They are my favorite animal at the zoo too!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Such a sweetie. Totally adorable. I hate that they are hunted for their fur. They deserve to live and be valued for something other than what can be poached and sold. Enjoyed experiencing this lovely creature here. Thank you for this feature.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Red Pandas are adorable. Love that little face! With the name 'Panda', one would automatically think it was part of the Panda Bear family.... but, no. It is its own little species! :)

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I want to do more than hug them. I'd love one for a pet!

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      I love the pictures. Red pandas are so cute.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      What a beautiful animal the red panda! I can see the raccoon resemblance so was not surprised by that information. Yes, I would love a red panda hug!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I LOVE red Pandas! So yes! (if I could I'd have one as a pet)

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Yes! I love all the images, especially the one above the comment section. Makes me want to hug him and kiss him and call him mine. =P

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I WANT ONE!!!!!! :) Blessed!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      How cute, no wonder you love them!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What a beautiful animal, I enjoyed this article about the red panda, many thanks

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Awwww they are so cute... I always wanted to work with animals, ever since I was a kid... I would absolutely hug a red panda :)

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      What a sweet animal. I love the color red and was delighted to discover pandas can be red.

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      Afteretc 6 years ago

      i've hugged a real/regular panda - maybe i'll make a lens about that - i went to china and volunteered in a panda preserve!

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      the black/white pandas are nice too, but i like the red ones better; here a photo taken in Vienna, Austria:

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      Another great lens, who could not love a red panda?

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Never heard of red pandas, thanks Angel Blessed

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      oh i would love too! cheers

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      BabyCheetah 6 years ago

      Great little page, love red pandas they have the sweetest faces :)

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      It's Valentine's Day and I'm in love... with this adorable red panda! You also solved a mystery for me as I didn't know that the firefox was really a red panda. If only the illegal hunting could be stopped...

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Lovely lens! Have seen Red Pandas in zoos - they always attract crowds! They look so much like soft toys, most people would like to hold them!

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      KDimmick 7 years ago

      Yes! That's seriously cute!

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      I had never heard of red panda before. They are so cute, I had to call me husband over to visit this lens too.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      they are so cute

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @GrowWear: i agree

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      Lynne Schroeder 8 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Red Pandas are just gorgeous. Your youtube clip is from Taronga Zoo! Of course we saw them the day we were there as well. It's just that Luk Chai took the spotlight that day.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Red pandas really are adorable. I have seen them in various zoos around the world, but have yet to see one in the wild.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      So cute!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I finally made it back here! I didn't have the dust with me last time so ~ you've been Squid Angel dusted! Blessings to you for all that you do to bring the plight of these beautiful animals to the attention of the world.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Such a beautiful animal; such a shame that its life is taken by the selfish among us. Such a terrible shame.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh they are so cute! Looks like a raccoon only cuter! Great work!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh too cute! He does look like a raccoon but curls up like a cat! Love him!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      OH!! These have got to be the cutest, cuddliest creatures around! So adorable! I want one or ten of these... This is a beautiful lens! Faved and Fived!