Vernicious Knids

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Panda-monium...

This time last year one of the biggest news stories in Tokyo, was a Lesser Panda called Futa in Chiba Zoo as he could stand up on his 2 back legs. Shortly after, Dale in Yokohama Zoo Zoorasia was found to be able to actually walk around on his hind legs. Every night, the news programmes would show footage of these amazing pandas and attendance at the two zoos surged. We saw this Lesser Panda at Tama Zoo - unfortunately not a standing one, but still very kawaii (cute)!



Lesser Pandas are also called Red Pandas and have very thick red fur. They spend most of their day sleeping with their tail wrapped around their head...I know some people like that!



They live in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Japanese zoos and are related to Giant Pandas and feed mainly on bamboo. They are the dieters of the animal world due to their very low calorie diet - I guess fur doesn't hide figure flaws after all ;)
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13 Comments:

  • At 4:26 am, Blogger Carolyn said…

    I think he's cuter than the B & W pandas.

     
  • At 6:42 am, Blogger Lou said…

    Sure is cute. Sort of looks like a mix of a bear and racoon.

     
  • At 7:11 am, Blogger My float said…

    Red pandas are gorgeous. But imagine just eating bamboo. Which just proves to me that being a constant dieter can't be much fun. Bah!

     
  • At 8:29 am, Blogger Liz said…

    Aw... I want one for a pet! I'm not sure how the dog would react, though....

     
  • At 11:18 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Carolyn: I like both versions of pandas, as they both look so cuddly!

    Lou: They used to be classified as a kind of raccoon but are now accepted to be part of the panda family!

     
  • At 11:22 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    My Float: You are so right, food is too yummy to give up :D

    Liz: Well...they sleep a lot so maybe Alex would adjust?!

     
  • At 11:25 am, Anonymous Ivonne said…

    They're adorable!

     
  • At 11:43 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    We were lucky that this one was quite lively :D

     
  • At 12:47 am, Anonymous antonia said…

    They are so cute :-)

     
  • At 6:33 am, Blogger Elsa said…

    Very cute! I've never seen these animals.

     
  • At 9:02 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Hi Antonia and Elsa, I'd never seen them either. I like their foxy little faces!

     
  • At 11:15 am, Blogger Amy said…

    Your pictures are much better than mine!

     
  • At 12:55 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    I did enjoy your pics though Amy!

     

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