Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)
If you’re a fan of the Avatar series, you have probably seen what they call, a Fire Ferret. What’s really cool is that this creature is real. Well, not exactly, there are some differences. Check out the little guy out below:
This mammal is called a Red Panda. It’s not really a Panda but his species is distantly related. They are in the same family as raccoons, weasels and skunks. They mostly live in trees and are just too danged cute.
Other names: lesser panda, red bear-cat and red cat-bear.
They don’t make great pets as they tend to mark their territory a lot and they just love to tear things up. Hey, it’s in their nature. They do surprisingly well in larger captive environments; but sadly, due to popular demand as pets, they may be going extinct.
Check these guys out having fun at the Cinncinatti Zoo.
Yes we know. You want one. 🙂