Shifu, Master Of Cuteness

 

Hi guys! Now I am fully aware that my last post was creepy in nature and probably left you a bit disturbed about the natural world. So, in order to make up for that, I’m going to tell you all about one of my favourite animals…

The red panda!

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Now, I first discovered this incredible animal when I first watched the film Kung Fu Panda. Imagine my relief when I realised that red pandas were not at all like the grumpy Master Shifu (see below to understand what I mean).

After watching this scene, I briefly was terrified of red pandas, thinking them to all be cruel and sadistic like Shifu. I instead found them to be cuteness incarnate.

The red panda is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.  Though it is called the red panda, it is not closely related to the giant panda, being more closely related to raccoons, skunks and weasels.

Though these creatures just look abnormally cute, I mean look at this face!

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These creatures are, in fact, perfectly adapted to their environment. Their beautiful fur protecting them from the cold and providing them excellent camouflage and their large eyes and rounded ears allowing them to keep a look out for predators.

Moreover, they are primarily bamboo eaters. This means that those semi retractable claws, fake thumbs and short snouts are designed to make their lives easier.

However, despite their cute appearance, they are solitary animals, only coming together for mating season and since they have many predators, they do know how to use those claws. I wouldn’t recommend having one as a pet!

These amazing animals are preyed on by snow leopards, mustelids (members of the weasel family) and humans and often use their climbing prowess to escape danger. However, if they cannot, they will stand up on two legs to try and look bigger (see below).

Their diet mostly consists of bamboo, however they are omnivores and also eat small mammals, birds, eggs, flowers, fish, insects, acorns, lichens, mushrooms, roots and berries. Due to their low calorie diets, they do little more than eat and sleep.

To finish up, I’m going to show you some photos of these amazing and cute animals.

So there you all have it, the red panda. I hope you all liked this post about these amazing creatures. Please feel free to suggest any animals you would like a post on in the comments and until then please do avoid any pandamonium (forgive the pun)!

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