Red pandas do an excellent job of navigating the treetops for a few reasons. First, they have very flexible ankles, which allows them to crawl down trees face-first—a skill few animals possess. Second, they have sharp claws that can partially retract, like that of a cat, which is useful for gripping branches. Lastly, red pandas’ big bushy tails help keep them balanced.
5. Red pandas keep to themselves
Adult red pandas typically spend their time alone once their babies are grown, unless it’s mating season. During this time, adult male red pandas will leave their scent on trees for adult females to find, thus initiating the mating process.
6. Baby red pandas take playtime seriously
While pouncing around is fun for a red panda baby, it also has a practical purpose—building balance and coordination. Baby red pandas play with their peers and their parents and are considered full-grown around the age of 2 years.