Red Pandas

Kaila Babyar, Period 9, May 16th, 2016

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Habitat

Red Pandas live in Asia in the countries of China, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, and India. This amazing animal lives in the Himalaya Mountains in bamboo forests. Red pandas will mainly be found in the tree tops on steep slopes. Red Pandas also like their surrounding temperatures to be chilly and wet.

Movement

Red Pandas are amazing climbers. They are able to climb up thin trees because of their extra finger on each of their wrists. Even though they can climb trees, red pandas aren't the most active. This animal will spend most of the day in a tree eating food and taking naps. Red pandas have four paws and legs to walk ,and when they can not see they use their long, white whiskers to find their way around.
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Body Covering

Red pandas are chestnut colored animals and have a cream colored face. There fluffy tails are a pattern of chestnut and dark brown or black and when the red panda sleeps, it uses it's tail as a scarf! The bottom half of their body is a dark brown or black and have paws of containing sharp claws.
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Diet

Red pandas love to eat the stalks of bamboo and the leaves! The only thing that the red panda is not keen about bamboo is the tough parts. They also like to eat fruit and berries, but red pandas do not only eat plants. Red Pandas also eat eggs and small birds and mammals! Since they eat both plants and animals, red pandas are omnivores. Red Pandas "spend almost 13 hours a day" (Meet the Red Panda) eating! They also "eat almost 200,000 bamboo leaves every day"(Meet the Red Panda) which is a lot of bamboo!
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Reproduction

After mating season, red pandas will give birth to one to four baby pandas. Red pandas are born into a nest and are called cubs as babies. It takes 70 days for the red panda cub's fur to turn into it's chestnut, red color. The mother will stay and help provide for her cub/cubs until the cub/cubs are a year old.
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Adaptations

Red Pandas are able to adapt to the weather. There coat of fur helps them keep warm in the winter or in cold climates, so does their tail when they use it as a scarf to keep warm while it is asleep. Red pandas also have a body made for climbing thin branches making it easier to escape from attacking animals and poachers. Red pandas also have one more adaptation. They have a thumb-like extra finger which helps to take hold of bamboo.
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Other Info

  • Related to a raccoon or a panda
  • Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens
  • Normally alone
  • Together during mating season
  • Called lesser pandas because of size or bear cats
  • Chinese name: Hon-ho (fire fox)
  • Extra bone per wrist
  • Range between "12 and 20 pounds" (Meet the Red Panda)
  • Squeak or make noises like chipmunks

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