Another name for the "red panda," an Asian creature about the size and appearance of a large raccoon with rusty fur, a white-and-brown mask, a dark belly, and cream rings around the tail. Related to the giant panda but now seen by some as its own species, Ailuridae.
The name "lesser panda" is unfair to these regal beasts. For one, they were discovered by the Western world first. To be relegated to "lesser" status upon the discovery of the so-called "giant panda" is an insult that has yet to be addressed. For two...well, if you've ever seen one, you'd immediately understand why they were once known as "the most beautiful animals on earth." Lo, how the mighty have fallen! All because their black-and-white cousins have hired a better PR department. An outrage, I tell you! A base affront!
Unfortunately, red pandas are among the laziest animals on earth (almost lazier than lions!), and any attempts to stir them into civil activism, despite offers of fresh bamboo, have thus far failed. Stay tuned for developments on the Wah! front...