10 facts about red panda?

  • Like the giant panda, it has a "false thumb" that is an extension of the wrist bone
  • When descending a tree headfirst, the red panda rotates its ankle to control its descent, one of the few climbing species to do so.
  • Red pandas are able to reproduce at around 18 months of age, and are fully mature at two to three years.
  • A few days before birth, females begin to collect material, such as brushwood, grass, and leaves, to build a nest, which is normally located in a hollow tree or a rock crevice
  • After a gestation period of 112 to 158 days, the female gives birth in mid-June to late July to one to four blind and deaf cubs weighing 110 to 130 g(3.9 to 4.6 oz) after birth, the mother cleans the cubs and can then recognize each by its smell. At first, she spends 60% to 90% of her time with the cubs. After the first week, the mother starts spending more time outside the nest, returning every few hours to nurse and groom the cubs. She moves the young frequently among several nests, all of which she keeps clean