Here’s a casein painting of a Red Panda for Illustration Friday.
I have to admit that it is not an animal I’m familiar with and, until yesterday, I wouldn’t have known what anyone meant if they mentioned it!
The Red Panda is native to the eastern Himalayas and south western China. In the past it has been classed as a relative of the bear and of the racoon (which is what I would have thought one was if I’d seen it before) but is now classed in a family of its own (Ailuridae). It is not closely related to the Giant Panda.
It has reddish brown fur, light rings on its tail and distinctive white markings on the face. A mammal, it is about the size of a cat. The Red Panda eats mainly bamboo but also eggs, birds and insects.