Endangered Red Pandas

adaptations, instincts, and more


Red pandas have an extended wrist bone that acts like a thumb and greatly helps their grip. This helps them grasp bamboo tightly. Red pandas also have a small body mass. They usually weigh 8 to 14 pounds. Their small body mass allows them to walk on thin branches, making the panda harder to reach for heavier predators. Red pandas are very good climbers, and they have strong, curved claws. When comming down a tree headfirst, the red panda uses hind-foot mobility. During hind-foot mobility, the red panda tuns its ankle outward, allowing its hind claws to firmly grasp the tree trunk. Headfirst descent has many advantages for the red panda. First, it is much quicker than backing down the tree, and it also prepares the panda to make a quick exit when it reaches the ground.


Red pandas are nocturnal from birth. They sleep during the day and they hunt and do other activities at night. When a red panda is threatened it arches it's back and makes hissing noises to scare of the threat or predator. Red pandas communicate to each other using body language. Red pandas usually eat bamboo, but they can also eat fruit, acorns, roots and eggs.


Red pandas resemble racoons. Their red-and-white markings blend in with the red mosses and white lichens that grow on the trees in which they live. Their soft, thick fur covers their entire body, even the soles of their feet! Red pandas use their long, bushy tails to balance themselves when they're in trees. They also cover themselves with their tails in winter.
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