MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: What is a Firefox? (hint: it is not ANY type common fox)

Date: Mon Aug 6 20:36:46 2001
Posted By: Eric Maass, Director, semiconductors / communication products
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 997117936.Zo

According to this website (see "DAY 11") , "firefox" is another name for the Red Panda, also known as 
the lesser panda or the cat bear.  The name, firefox, is translated from the Chinese name for the Red Panda, 'hon ho' which means 'fire-fox', according to the Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Here are some pictures of the Firefox / Red Panda / Cat Bear / Lesser Panda:

(This site also gives some detailed information about Red Pandas, and compares them to Giant Pandas)

The firefox or red panda kind of resembles a racoon, doesn't it? Here are some more sites with Red Panda information: Red Pandas, from Enchanted Learning Red or Lesser Panda Red Panda information page Pandamania talks about Great Pandas and Red Pandas

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