Tuesday August 21, 2012
Rare red pandas to feature in River Safari
Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia may be the headlining acts at the upcoming River Safari but the supporting cast members are no lightweights either.
The giant-panda enclosure at Singapore’s latest tourist attraction will also feature two red pandas – an endangered species.
The raccoon-like animal was once thought to be from the same family as the giant panda because they have eye patches, share a fondness for bamboo and thrive in high-altitude forest habitats in central China.
But red pandas are reddish-brown and the size of house cats, while black-and-white giant pandas can weigh up to 150kg.
The red panda is also known for its long bushy tail, while giant pandas have tufts for tails. — The Strait Times / Asia News Network