-- The red panda is the ORIGINAL panda. It was first described in 1821, 48 years before the giant panda was found.
The origin of the name "Panda" is the Nepalese word for red panda - "Nigalya poonya"- which means "eater of bamboo.”
-- The Chinese name for the red panda is hunho or firefox, due to their colour and similar size to a fox. The web browser “Firefox” is named after them.
Like giant pandas, red pandas have an extra “thumb,” which is an enlarged bone for grabbing bamboo stems.
Red Pandas claws are sharp and can be pulled back like a cat.
A red panda eats approximately 200,000 bamboo leaves daily.
Red Pandas red and black color camouflages them from their predators. The red on their backs is exactly the same color as moss found on the trees where they live. The black on their stomach makes it difficult to see them from below.
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