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My 2nd favorite animal!!! Red Pandas !
There are actually 2 Red Pandas snoozing in this tree, but you can barely see the tail of the second one.
Notice the paw dangling off the branch just below the sleeping head!
(Ailurus fulgens styani)
Classification and Range
The red panda, panda being the Nepalese name for "small, cat-like animal," belongs to the order Carnivora. Its classification into a specific order is not complete. Scientists are seeking to resolve the confusion through DNA analysis. Recent studies suggest that red pandas are equally related to three different groups of animals that include skunks, weasels and raccoons. The red panda is the only species in the subfamily Ailurinae.*
Classification and Range
The subfamily of red pandas is divided into two subspecies: A. f. styani, which are native to northern Myanmar and south-central China, and A. f. fulgens, which is native to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and the Indian states of Assam and Sikkim.
Remote mountainous areas of dense forest and bamboo thickets. Elevation ranges from 6,000-12,000 feet (1,828-3,658 m). Head/Body and Tail Length
Adult head/body length: 20-26 inches (51-66 cm)
Adult tail length: 12-20 inches (30-51 cm)
The subspecies Ailurus fulgens styani weighs 12-20 pounds (5.4-9.1 kg). The subspecies Ailurus fulgens fulgens is a slightly smaller animal. Life Span
About 8 years in the wild; up to 15 years in zoos. Diet
In the wild: Red pandas consume predominately bamboo shoots and leaves, grasses, roots, fruits, lichens and acorns. They occasionally eat insects, eggs, young birds and small rodents.
At the zoo: Apple-fiber biscuit, bamboo and various fruit, grubs and berries (as encountered in this exhibit).
Red pandas sexually mature when they are 18-20 months old. Being rather shy and solitary animals, adult red pandas normally share each other’s company only during the breeding season. Breeding occurs from early January to early March and births take place from mid-May to mid-July. Females appear to be in estrus (heat) once a year and are receptive for only an 18-24 hour period. The gestation period lasts approximately 134 days. Several weeks before giving birth, females may begin to build nests from sticks and leaves in hollow trees or rock crevasses. Mothers give birth to one to four cubs (normally two).
At birth, cubs weighs 4-4.6 ounces (113-130 g), are fully furred and gray-buff in color. Newborns are blind and totally reliant on their mothers for survival. Young open their eyes after about three weeks and attain full adult coloration by 90 days. Cubs are weaned at around 5 months and stay with their mother for about a year or until the next litter is about to be born. Males take no part in rearing their young. Adult red pandas, and males in particular, appear to be territorial. Using glandular sacs in their anal region, they scent mark territorial boundaries by rubbing their sacs on various objects in the wild. Additionally, they may also mark territory by using regular defecation sites. Red pandas have a mild, non-aggressive disposition.
Coat of Fire
The red panda is named after the fiery color of its long, soft coat. The coat's red color serves as camouflage to blend with the reddish-brown moss and white lichen that occurs in fir trees of China. Coloration for the upper parts of the coat are rusty to deep chestnut while the underside is darkest in color. The coat is comprised of long, moisture-shedding guard hairs and a dense undercoat of insulating gray-brown wool. The muzzle, lips, cheeks and ear edges are white, and dark red-brown tear tracks run from the eyes to the corners of the mouth. The limbs and underbelly are glossy dark reddish brown to black. The red panda has a bushy, non-prehensile tail that makes up two thirds the length of its body. The tail is faintly marked with dark red-brown rings.
Thickly furred soles of the feet are adapted for walking on snow and ice. Excellent climbers, red pandas have pinkish-white claws that are half sheathed and semi-retractile. The red panda has an enlarged radial sesamoid bone on its forefoot wrist that is opposite its other digits. This "extra thumb" enables the red panda to grip and hold slender branches and leaves in its forepaws.
Up a Tree!
Red pandas are primarily nocturnal animals, sleeping and relaxing during the day in trees or fallen logs, and foraging for food on the forest floor at dusk and dawn. When asleep, the red panda curls up on a branch with its nose tucked under a hind limb and its tail. They have also been observed in a sleeping position much like the American raccoon, sitting on a branch with head tucked beneath its chest and between their hind feet. On particularly warm days, red pandas can be seen fully stretched with belly pressed on a limb and legs dangling.
Until recently, scientists debated on the proper scientific classification of red and giant pandas. Some argued that both pandas be
Dec 31, 1985
The Torchlight Parade
New Year's Eve doesn't make sense. Why does the year end on the 31st of December? It would seem to make more sense if it ended ten days earlier, on the shortest day of the year, the day the northern hemisphere stops moving away from the sun and finally begins the return trip. It would be a much more fitting day on which to end the year. After the 21st the days are getting longer. A corner has been turned. Also, since the 21st is the longest of the year, the party could go on just that much longer...
The Julian calendar, named after Julius Caesar who authorized it's use in 46 BC, was created by a Greek named Sosigenes. He assumed a year was 365 1/4 days long so his year was 365 days long and he added a day every four years to keep the calendar accurate.
In 730 AD the Venerable Bede, an Anglo-Saxon monk, somehow correctly calculated that the Julian year was 11 minutes and 14 seconds too long. This resulted in a cumulative error of about a day every 128 years, but nothing was done about it for another 800 years.
By 1582 the accumulated error was 10 days and Pope Gregory XIII decreed that Oct 4, 1582 would actually be Oct 15, 1582. To eliminate the creeping error it was decided that three of every four centesimal years (years ending in 00) would be common years, not leap years. Thus 1600 was a leap year, 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not, but 2000 will be.
This is the Gregorian calendar used today. It ends the year on Dec 31st. It was adopted by most of Europe immediately but not by Britain (or her colonies) until 1752 when she found herself eleven days behind the Continent. Presumably sailing across the English Channel was giving travelers a really severe case of ship lag.
Incidentally the century will officially end on Dec 31, 2000 since a century is 100 years long. The 21st century will not begin until Jan. 1, 2001. Not that that fact is going to stop anyone from celebrating the end of this century a year early. No doubt the end of this century will be celebrated twice.
New Year's is a wonderful time however arbitrarily it may have been imposed. The old year is over. All the bad things that happened can be filed under last years business. A whole new year is starting, a year that has yet to be written upon, a year of fresh hope.
In Whistler, and elsewhere, New Year's Eve tends to be a night of excess although the alcohol free party in the Village has chipped into that excess a little bit. In spite of the fact that the liquor store is no longer housed in a trailer most residents know better than to try and pick up their alcohol at six o'clock on Dec 31st.
More and more cities are adopting alcohol free First Night parties, Heaven knows there are parties of the other kind held everywhere New Year's is celebrated, but there is one special event in Whistler that happens in very few other places.
That event is the torchlight parade. When the clouds don't obscure the mountains the torchlight parade is magical. In the dark the torches can be mistaken for stars that suddenly appear in the sky and then descend to the earth. Rivers of light snake down both mountain towards the village. Thousands of people watch the parade every year.
The only thing better than watching a torchlight parade is being in a torchlight parade. Arriving at the bottom station in the dark, knowing that the mountain is closed and that only your friends will be up there with you, is a special experience because it is granted to only a lucky few. Loading up in the darkness is an almost surreal experience, attention is focused on immediate surroundings. It's kind of like driving in a blinding snowstorm. No matter how well the way is known it's disorienting. With no visual references the trip becomes unfamiliar. It seems to take longer.
It must be noted that, in the old days at least when the load up took place in the old Mueller gondola cars, many took the opportunity to get into the party mood. An orange liqueur used to be the most popular choice - perhaps chosen for its ability to imbue that warm, fuzzy feeling very, very quickly.
Everyone had to wait for the last load of skier to arrive before they skied to the point where the torches would be lit. That provided further opportunity to socialize and allowed some to dive deeper into the party mode. Once the whole group had assembled at the top of the lift the patrollers who acted as shepherds would turn on their headlamps and beginning herding the exuberant skiers towards the start zone.
That part of the journey was something else. Although the patrollers had headlamps it was dark. The headlamps almost made it darker. It was like skiing in a whiteout - the correct approach was knees bent, body very loose, because terrain changes were pretty much invisible. There were always one or two enthusiasts who failed to pace themselves while loading up and made substance-related errors in judgment, usuall
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