This kissing couple has caused a panda-monium in the Yumemigasaki Zoo in Kawasaki, Japan. (Photo: Yuri Nakao/Reuters)
Shy and solitary creatures, red pandas usually only socialize in the wild during mating season. In zoo enclosures, where they’re bound to cross paths with greater frequency, their affection is a bit more common—and on display for public consumption.
Case in point is this French kissing couple at Yumemigasaki Zoo in Kawasaki, Japan. The pair was kept together for years in the hope that they would breed, reports Reuters. Only in 2007—the video is a few years old, but has achieved a second life of late—did the couple start to display affection toward each other, locking lips and curling up together.
No one knows for sure how many red pandas exist today—estimates put the wild total at 2,500—but conservationists do know its population is diminishing mostly because of deforestation and poaching.