- This article is about the red panda, for the Sorrel tree, see Sourwood.
Red pandas, an ancient species (or "living fossil") native to the Eastern Himalayas, were once classified as either raccoons or bears, but are now considered a distinct family of mammals, which share a common ancestor with the giant panda. The 20-25" long reddish-colored mammals have short legs and long, bushy ringed tails. They feed mostly on bamboo, but also eat eggs, insects, birds and small mammals. Due primarily to habitat loss, they are considered a vulnerable species in the wild.
Sorrel was born at the Binder Park Zoo near Battle Creek, Michigan. She was transferred to Birmingham on April 28, 2010. She and her mate, Shifu, had a litter of two male cubs on May 30, 2013. The cubs were named Fred and George after the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter novels. On October 14, 2014, the twins were moved to Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot, North Dakota as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan.
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