Watch Adorable Red Pandas Have More Fun in the Snow Than Anyone
Got the winter blues? These red pandas don’t.
A keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo captured what might be one of the more convincing arguments that the ongoing snowpocalypse isn’t so terrible. The video features two red pandas—two-year-old Lin and nine-year-old Rover—gleefully showing off their acrobatic skills in the snow.
Of course, the Himalayan natives’ thick fur and long, bushy tails (they wrap around the body) help them stay warm in frigid temps. And they’re luckier than some red pandas in the wild. In October last year, the first footage captured of the species in Myanmar shows a pair crawling across waste left by Chinese loggers.
Habitat loss is one of the major threats that put red pandas on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s vulnerable list. They rely on bamboo shoots and leaves for nutrition, but rampant deforestation has been clearing swaths of land where the plants grow. It’s estimated that fewer than 10,000 mature red pandas survive worldwide.
Sure, Lin and Rover have reason to frolic and embrace the Midwestern winter. But so does everyone else. According to projections by nonprofit group Climate Central, thanks to climate change, warmer winters are coming to most of the United States in the next several decades. Considering the damage they’ll do—including lower crop yields and threats to the survival of animals that rely on cooler climates—that’s definitely not a good thing.