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Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


Hello I want to make everyone aware of red pandas.



What are red pandas?



Red pandas are small arboreal mammals native to the forests of the Himalayas. They are loosely related to ferrets, weasels, raccoons, etc. but are so far removed they occupy their own taxonomic family. They are very remotely related to giant pandas and share some convergent adaptations due to a similar diet.

What do red pandas do?



Eat! Red pandas spend as much as 2/3 of their waking time foraging for their main food, bamboo leaves. However they don't just eat bamboo, they have a powerful sweet tooth and will viciously attack any fruits they find. They are also known to eat birds' eggs and any small animals they can catch off-guard.

Red pandas are very skilled climbers and have thick claws that give them a very strong grip on tree bark. Also, interestingly, their paw pads are covered over in soft fur to keep their toes warm when walking on snow.



OMG! They're so cute!! Can I get one as a pet??

Probably not! Unless you want an animal that has peculiar temperature and dietary needs, requires lots of space, and probably can't be house trained. I've heard of them being kept as pets in Nepal but that's their native range so it's probably a different story there.

That said, red pandas are relatively easy to keep in zoos, so your local zoo probably has some! There are also a select few zoos worldwide (I know of one in Wellington, NZ and another in Chatanooga, TN) that book "close encounters" with red pandas so you can spend an hour hanging out with them and feeding them treats. They do this to acclimate them to strangers so they don't get nervous about vet visits and such.

Red pandas are endangered

Almost. They're recognized as vulnerable by the IUCN, largely due to poaching (for their desirable fur) and habitat destruction (by grazing livestock). Many zoos are participating in programs to breed and raise red pandas, often resorting to hand-raising the cubs when parents are unable to provide adequate care. You can probably help by donating to the Red Panda Network or something. Or by patronizing your local zoo.

What do baby red pandas look like?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOH27QkTVv4

Do red pandas like apples?

Yes, they love apples!



Do red pandas like grapes?

Yes, they love grapes!



Do red pandas like hammocks?

Yes, they love hammocks.



Do red pandas have giant floofy tails?

Some do!



Are you sufficiently aware of red pandas?

Silver Alicorn fucked around with this message at 06:42 on Feb 20, 2015

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Good Lord Fisher!
Jul 13, 2006

Groovy!



Nap Ghost

Mods??

Improbable Lobster
Jan 6, 2012

What is the Matrix? We just don't know.



Buglord

They're cute

jetz0r
May 10, 2003

Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world. This is not a figment of the imagination, but a fact. Tomorrow we will lead the world, Allah willing.





But what do they sound like? Can they possible sound as cute as they look?

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


They sound kind of like birds. Adults don't make much noise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIWEfkFFj-M#t=210s

(The actual vocalization is around 3:30 and rather faint)

Cubs at play will get pretty squeaky though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNsnb_mryjA

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


Red pandas really go nuts for apple slices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVZA-22fp8I

PartyCrown
Dec 31, 2007


katamari told me that red pandas are red because they only eat strawberries
c/d

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


PartyCrown posted:

katamari told me that red pandas are red because they only eat strawberries
c/d

Pretty sure this is false as red pandas are a different hue of red to strawberries. Also they are known to primarily eat bamboo leaves. I'm sure they would love to eat nothing but strawberries if given the opportunity though.

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away




Description: two red pandas appear to kiss as they investigate each other.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Silver Alicorn fucked around with this message at 15:22 on Feb 20, 2015

Josef K. Sourdust
Jul 16, 2014

"To be quite frank, Platinum sucks at making games. Vanquish was terrible and Metal Gear Rising: Revengance was so boring it put me to sleep."



Nice to see Silver Alicorn has ventured from the natural habitat of YOSPOS into the lowlands of Pet Island. Cool thread!

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


Thanks! I was inspired by Ralp's "post in the correct forums" press release.

Mr. Apollo
Nov 8, 2000



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSehQsYU9h4

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away




This is Henry & Tink, two red panda cubs being hand raised at the National Zoo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge6sJv5XQc8

Fluffy Bunnies
Jan 9, 2009

We'll roll on with our heads held high.
Our conscience in the gutter,
Our dreams up in the sky.




Red Pandas taste amazing. c/d

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

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Fluffy Bunnies posted:

Red Pandas taste amazing. c/d

Fluffy Bunnies
Jan 9, 2009

We'll roll on with our heads held high.
Our conscience in the gutter,
Our dreams up in the sky.




Another question: red pandas reproduce only with same sex partners, violating god's will over and over again throughout the generations. c/d

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

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? pretty sure you need to screw the opposite sex to get offspring. Unless red pandas are different, in which case that's probably just how it's meant to be.

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


Like those parthenogenetic lizards. Anyway I don't care how red panda babies get made because the results are adorable.

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away




Description: a red panda settling down in a hanging bed. Toronto Zoo

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away




Description: a red panda makes a silly face while eating lunch. Singapore River Safari

Battle Pigeon
Nov 7, 2011

I am dancing potato
give me millet



A Good Thread. Please continue making us sufficiently aware of red pandas, ideally in the form of photos and adorable gifs

MrConfusedTurkey
Dec 14, 2013



I need this thread forever, look at those floofy faces.

Josef K. Sourdust
Jul 16, 2014

"To be quite frank, Platinum sucks at making games. Vanquish was terrible and Metal Gear Rising: Revengance was so boring it put me to sleep."



Silver Alicorn posted:

Thanks! I was inspired by Ralp's "post in the correct forums" press release.

You're welcome! I've been away from the forums for a few days and I assumed that Ralp had made a fiat declaration after wandering into YOSPOS pic thread and seeing your red pandas there. Then I found the Ralp thread and it seems very sensible - getting people to look at sub-boards more.

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

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Description: a red panda waves as it enjoys a snack.

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

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This is probably my favorite red panda photo. He looks so comfy!

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


A classic I just passed by in my general pics folder:

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Silver Alicorn posted:

Like those parthenogenetic lizards. Anyway I don't care how red panda babies get made because the results are adorable.



Jesus Christ

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away




pretty good pic

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Silver Alicorn posted:

A classic I just passed by in my general pics folder:



Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


pretty good

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away




Some pandas enjoying a meal together

catamar
May 23, 2008


Red pandas are the species most likely to successfully escape from a zoo - c/d?

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

dude put that thing away


It's been known to happen. They are very adept climbers.



Stay safe, Rusty

PHIZ KALIFA
Dec 21, 2011
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steed: a thunderbolt.

slogan/motto: "gonna clap them cheeks like a Thunderskull."


Thank you for making me aware, Silver Alicorn.

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

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Silly.

Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

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The gifs from that Cincinnati Zoo video are pretty god

Eifert Posting
Mar 31, 2007

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Grimey Drawer

I don't trust anything that likes cold weather.

Eifert Posting fucked around with this message at 17:25 on Feb 21, 2015

Chicken Doodle
May 16, 2007



Oh god oh god this thread is killing meeeee AAAAAH THEY'RE SO CUUUUUUUUUUTE

Liquid Penguins
Feb 18, 2006

by Cowcaster


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Silver Alicorn posted:

A classic I just passed by in my general pics folder:



He's bringing the gold next olympics!

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Silver Alicorn
Mar 30, 2008

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Not sure what this one's trying to do but you can see how the facial markings wrap around under their chin

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