The Red Panda and Giant Panda have the same "panda" in their name but they come from different families. They are becoming extinct because the forests are becoming smaller.
Body length: 50-63.5cm
Tail length: 28-48.5cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Red Panda makes his house in China, Nepal, Myanmar, and other mountain woods.
The Red Panda loves chomping on bamboo but he also eats plant leaves and fruit.
The Red Panda is a super tree climber. He balances with his long tail. And he sleeps in trees!
Panda = Red Panda?
Long ago, people called Red Panda, "panda". However, the Giant Panda became a special beast all over the world, and the word "lesser" means smaller in English. Today, most English-speakers say "Red Panda". When we hear the word "Panda" we think of a black and white giant panda. So, the Red Panda became popular after the Giant Panda and his name was changed...poor, panda.
In danger for the same reason...
Not very long ago, people said that the Red Panda and the Giant Panda were the same. Now, people say the Red Panda and the Giant Panda are very different. But still, they both love eating bamboo and using their thumbs to hold things. It is very sad, the Red Panda and the Giant Panda are becoming extinct because the forests are becoming smaller and the Red Panda and the Giant Panda don't have food or girl pandas to start a family with.
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