Red Pandas are sometimes called “fire cats.” Could it have been in recognition of this linguistic sharing that an ordinary house cat consented to nurse a red panda cub that had been rejected by its mother?
Answer: Almost certainly not.
July 9, 2008
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Here’s an adult red panda; it’s about the size of a house cat, but with an extraordinary tail that is a very effective wrap.