Day 7

Day 7: A Photo of an Animal You’d Love to Keep as a Pet

I really love every animal…many people would see some animals as gross or ugly (like my mother), but they are all beautiful to me.

But, since I only have to choose one,  I shall choose the Red Panda.

Look at how happy!

They are so many different, cute animals in one — cat, panda,         monkey, raccoon, squirrel….

Their scientific classification is the “Ailurus fulgens,” and being of the genus Ailurus, makes them the only living species of that genus. They are one of the most unique animals ever!

They are native to the Himalayas and Southwestern China. AND they are very heat-sensitive and don’t like temperatures over 25º.

I feel like this animal would be a perfect pet for me because they tend to be quite nocturnal, being most active in the night (I am too). And, Wikipedia says, “It has been reported to be both nocturnal and crepuscular, sleeping on tree branches or in tree hollows during the day and increasing its activity in the late afternoon and early evening hours. It sleeps stretched out on a branch with legs dangling when it is hot, and curled up with its tail over the face when it is cold.”

IT SLEEPS WITH ITS LEGS DANGLING..do you realize how cute that is? They’re like little red, fluffy humans — such divas!

They are also, apparently, quite unsocial. Adults only go out to mate…AND WHEN THE MOTHER IS ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH, SHE GOES OUT AND COLLECTS BRUSHWOOD AND GRASS TO BUILD A NEST IN “A HOLLOW TREE OR ROCK CREVICE” — they’re like bunny rabbits, too!

LOOK AT THE LITTLE FACE!

The babies are born deaf and blind, weighing 3.9 to 4.6 ounces at birth. The mother recognizes each baby by smell, and she stays with them 60 to 90% of the time until around the time the cubs are about 18 days old when they begin to open their eyes.

When Red Pandas first wake up, they clean themselves like cats, licking all around and then they mark their territory with pee (like dogs)!

If they feel threatened, they tend to try and climb trees or rocks. If they can’t escape, they stand on their hind legs and show their claws to make them seem bigger and scarier (though I’m sure they can frighten any snow leopard away with their cute faces).

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classified these little guys as Vulnerable on the conservation scale, which means they are quite threatened by extinction.  The wild population of mature red pandas has been estimated to be less than 10,000. Wikipedia says, “The population continues to decline and is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries.

Here are some cute pictures/gifs (and a video) of these red panda raccoon cat-type things to melt your heart:

HE’S JUST SO EXCITED!

High on bamboo.
LOOK AT THE LITTLE FEET
RAAH
durp
Ooooo, stretches.
This is just too adorable.
POOR BABY
All snuggled up and dreaming.
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