A Very English Panda

Definitely knew these were a favourite of mine for a reason!


The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) Public domain image

I was always rather glad that the delightful cartoon Kung Fu Panda gave suitable publicity to the Red Panda. Veteran actor Dustin Hoffman voiced the feisty little martial arts maestro of the film and I know from my own daughter and her friends, a lot of young’ns decided to google real red pandas. We have them in our zoo here and they’re like sweet little ginger dogs who can climb. If the truth be known, I do prefer them to the dozy black-and-white varieties. The modern ones are fascinating enough in their own right, since modern DNA analysis has identified that they are a family within themselves – the Ailuridae, who link into the taxonomic superfamily of Musteloidea. Their close extinct relatives, Parailurus no longer walk the earth, and extant populations of red pandas are limited to regions…

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