Panda, a carnivorous plantigrade mammal, of the genus ailurus (F. Cuv.), which seems to connect the bears with the civets; by some authors it is placed with the civets. The teeth resemble those of the bears; the molars (5-5)/(5-5), or perhaps (6-6)/(6-6), a single unicuspidate false molar on each side above, the others tuberculate, and two tuberculate on each side below; the canines are nearly straight; the ears rounded and small; claws curved and semi-retractile; tail thick at the base and bushy; feet five-toed, and the soles covered with thick fur. The only species described is the A. fulgens (F. Cuv.), inhabiting the snowy regions of Nepaul; it is about the size of a large cat, with full and soft fur; the color above is chestnut brown, brightest on the shoulders, with throat, belly, and legs black; head whitish, with a reddish brown spot under the eyes; tail like a lady's boa, banded with red and yellow; it is rather an elegant animal. It is found in the neighborhood of rivers and mountain streams, living much on trees, and feeding on small birds and mammals; it is called wah from its cry.
Panda (Ailurus fulgens).