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Red panda

Slawson Family Tiger Trek·Mammal

Red pandas have an extended wrist bone called an opposable “thumb” used to grip bamboo. They sleep most of the day, typically in a tree, and are more active from sunset to sunrise. Since its discovery, the red panda has confused scientists trying to classify it. It was considered a member of the raccoon family by some and a member of the bear family by others, but it turns out neither was the right choice. The latest DNA analysis puts the red panda in a family of its own.

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  • Red panda
  • Conservation StatusVulnerable
  • Life span8 years
  • Body size7-13 lbs.
    20-24 in. long
  • Native habitat Temperate forests of southeast Asia
  • DietBamboo, grasses, fruits, small rodents
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