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    2018. 08. 09.

     Red pandas were born at Sóstó Zoo

     

    The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) twins just turned 9 weeks old at Nyíregyháza Zoo. The red panda cubs live in the same enclosure with their parents and today they had a veterinary examination where the cubs got measured and specified their sex. Currently the healthy female twins are 610 gram and 720 gram. The red panda parents have been living together for 4 years, Ting-ting came from Bratislava and Szecsuán is from the Dublin Zoo to Nyíregyháza Zoo as a result of the European Endangered Species Programme. It’s very difficult for them to reproduce in captivity so it was such a huge joy and professional success that the twins were born.

    The cubs were born with gray fur, and in the first weeks they were helpless and also their eyes were closed. In that period of time the mother spent most of the days with her twins, but recently she only goes to feed them. The red panda cubs are growing extremely fast, they are the miniature copies of their parents. They are getting more interested in of the outside world so the lucky ones can get to see the rare red panda twins.

    Red pandas also known as red bear cats, they live in the Himalayas, in the upper forest of North Burma, also the west side of Sichuan and in Yunnan the height of 2000 – 4800 meters. Their upper fur is coarse, but under that there is a thick fur which helps them to stay warm and dry in the cold and moist weather. The red pandas use their shaggy, long tail as a pillow or blanket.

    The red bear cat name refers to the features of a bear, moreover they climb on trees very well – the help of their semi-retractable claws – and also clean themselves like cats. They mostly consume bamboo, but sometimes their foods are eggs, insects, nestlings and small mammals.

    They have six fingers on their front leg. The sixth finger is the enlargement of the wrist bone which is opposable to the other fingers, so the pandas can easily rip off the bamboo shoots. Red pandas can be active at any time of the day, but they look for food especially at twilight. On average they spend 56 percent of the day awake which is probably the adaptation of low calorie content foods.

     

     

    Besides their name they are not relative to the giant panda, only that both species belong to the predators.

    Currently less than 10.000 pandas live in the wild, this number have decreased about 40 percent in the last 50 years because of losing their habitat and poaching. For example earlier in Nepal red pandas were hunted for their fur which people used to make hats. In China their tail was used for brooms