An Afternoon with the Red Pandas

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There are currently four red pandas living at Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, CA. There’s the two adults, Sumo and Stella Luna, and their two female offspring, Cini and Masala. On an afternoon at the zoo, I had the chance to get caught up on how the red pandas have of late been interacting with each other.

Sumo and Cini like to get fed and trained by the zookeepers. First, some shots of Sumo:

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And some shots of Cini:

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And here’s both Sumo and Cini:

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It’s rare to find Sumo and Cini so near each other, as normally, Sumo prefers to be left alone. But Cini will sometimes seek to engage her parent, perhaps even to the point of teasing him. Here she stands in his way:

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Who’s going to back down first? Well...

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Cini, of course, backs down first.

Cini is the most mischievous of the four pandas, the one most likely to try to engage with the others. Here we find her looking for trouble:

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Here she tries to roll on the ground, just for the fun of it:

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And here she tries to stir things up with her sister, Masala:

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And here she tackles and rolls around with her sister:

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After she’s done running and playing, she gets herself all tuckered out:

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Masala, meanwhile, has the itch to explore. She wants to visit distant lands, and seeks a way out of the exhibit:

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But not able to find a way out, she climbs down and rejoins the other red pandas:

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