Mammal Gallery
'Gentle one - Red panda'
40 x 32cm
Pastel - drawing on supertooth paper
The Red panda is very disstantly related to the Racoon. It is to all intents and purposes a very gentle and lively arboreal animal feeding mostly on vegetarian fare including bamboo as well as the leaves and fruits of trees. But dont be deceived. When challenged over territory or mating rights they will fight ferociously, and with blinding speed, sometimes even tearing off their opponent's ears. Sadly they have been hunted for their beautiful fur, almost to the point of extinction in their southern Himalayan homeland.
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