What Does the Firefox or Red Panda Look Like?

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The firefox, or red panda, is a cat-sized, furry animal with a pointy nose and ears, a bushy tail, and reddish-brown coloration. Like raccoons, red pandas have mask-like facial markings and rings on their tails.

Red pandas' bodies are 22 to 25 inches in length, and their tails are almost as long, between 15 and 19 inches. The eastern subspecies of red panda has darker red fur, and the fur on the underside and legs of all firefoxes, regardless of subspecies, is black. The soles of their feet are white. Red pandas waddle because their legs are angled inward. Like raccoons and bears, they walk on the entire soles of their feet, rather than on the toes, like dogs and cats.