The young male was incredibly energetic and put on a fantastic show for us. :-) He ran around, chased his mother (maybe trying to get her to play?) and climbed in both small saplings and a huge tree. He was an amazing climber, it was exactly like seeing a cat. No wonder that the Chinese call the red panda the 'cat bear'. :-) The mother was much more relaxed ... she eventually settled down on the roof of one of the shelters in the exhibit, and just glanced at him from time to time. Obviously he is old enough to mostly manage on his own, and she's not too worried ... as long as she can keep tabs on him a little bit. :-)
Mother and son together:
Watching them move was so much like seeing cats. Really weird-looking cats. :-)
This tree was a little too thin to climb on, but he tried several times ... an optimist, perhaps. ;-)
THIS tree, on the other hand ... !!! :-D
His mother was nowhere near as energetic and she eventually decided that as hot as it was it was better to find a shadowy place to rest.
These animals were just so beautiful and elegant and so fascinating to see ... I had seen red pandas before but they were just hiding in a tree (that was in Beijing Zoo some years ago). Never running around and playing like this. It was a fantastic experience seeing it and would have been worth the entrance fee alone. :-)
(Photo credit: me)