NO. they are not. They are called pandas because they look between a panda and a cat. But the panda did come after the red panda. also red pandas are their OWN species pandas fall into the category of racoons which scientists just discovered. giant pandas are normal.
There are two types of panda bears. one is the giant panda, wich you would think as the "normal panda". and the other kind is a red panda. it looks like a raccoon but is white and a brownish redish color.
PO is a kung fu fighting panda! he's not a big fat panda... he's THE BIG FAT PANDA! Summary of Po in movie kung fu panda: Po is a normal panda who lives in china. Po loves kung fu, one day he is chosen to become the dragon warrior