Photo by Justin Kiersky
Red pandas have the right idea. Their lives are a permanent vacation, way up in the trees of the Himalayas, where they get to eat, sleep, and make adorable little faces all day long. Whenever they’re feeling depressed, they just have to look down to remind themselves how great and smart and lucky they are up above all the idiot bottom-feeders below. Their hobbies are finding shade, napping, and wandering around searching for crisp bamboo shoots and delicious berries to softly nibble on before scrambling right back up the tallest tree to lounge some more. Although they are smaller than giant pandas (duh), they make up for it with striped, bushy tails that are as long as their bodies and feel all soft and cuddly. We’d love to keep one or two around the Vice office, but due to habitat loss and poaching they are currently classified as a “threatened” species. For now we’ll just have to make do with these photos of red pandas shot in Kunming, China, at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park and hope pet stores start selling them very soon.
Watch a brand-new episode of The Cute Show! featuring these red bundles of panda joy later this month.