Red Panda

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The red panda is the only Asian carnivore in which the plantar surface of the foot is completely covered with hair.

Readily distinguishable from other Carinvora in coat color, red pandas have a face that is predominantly white with reddish brown “tear” marks extending from the inferior region of the orbit to the corner of the mouth; post-cranial dorsal pelage reddish- or orange-brown and ventral pelage glossy black; legs that are black and the soles of the feet are covered with dense, white hair.

The red panda is the only Asian carnivore in which the plantar surface of the foot is completely covered with hair.

A series of small pores from which appear small amounts of clear, colorless, and odorless fluid occurs on the plantar surface of the feet. The pores are contained in slightly raised areas between the plantar pads and are associated with small, slightly elongated, and thickened hairs. These pores may secrete substances that are used in depositing scent trails.

Sources: (Roberts, 1981; Roberts & Gittleman, 1984)
Image: Mathias Appel

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