Red Panda
(Ailurus fulgens) #60-121

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Physical characteristics and distribution

The body of the Red Panda is supported by short bear-like legs. Head and body length is 520-635 mm with a tail length of 280-385 mm. The head is large and rounded with a short, pointed snout and medium pointed ears. The fur is soft and long with rust brown coloration. The hair of the chin and inner ears in white and there is a rusty-red stripe beneath each eye. Its tail is long and bushy with light red rings and the underside is shiny black. Lesser panda has extremely sharp claws.

It lives alone or in pairs and is most active from dusk to dawn. The Red Panda is crespucular spending most days sleeping in trees. It feeds on bamboo shoots, succulent plants, roots and occasionally eggs and small vertebrates. Because of its sharp claws the lesser panda can climb trees very quickly and move rapidly from tree to tree.

Litters of 1-4 young are born in the spring. Generally they will stay with the mother for about a year or until the next litter is born.

The Red Panda, endangered, occurs in mountain forests and bamboo thickets in N Burma, China (Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan), Nepal, sikkam (India).

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Animal source and preparation
All specimens collected followed the same preparation and histological procedure.

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