China’s Fujian Province announced yesterday at a cross-strait forum that it would present Taiwan with three red pandas as part of a series of measures to further improve relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
The three animals, which were bred by a research center in Fujian, will be given to Taipei Zoo to promote animal breeding cooperation and help the people of Taiwan to understand the efforts made by China in wildlife protection.
According to the Taipei Zoo Web site, red pandas, or Ailurus fulgens, look similar to raccoons and have mostly dark brown fur.
They eat mainly bamboo and spend most of the day sleeping in trees. They become more active in the late afternoon and early evening.
The red panda is a second-class protected animal in China. It is endemic to southern China, the temperate forests of the Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Laos and Myanmar.