The belle epoque of environmental paranoia arrives in earnest as an expert witness aged five challenges PBS refusal to extend the Panda Climate Angst franchise to our friend, the Giant Weasel of Sikkim:
The green Wikipedia grinches beg to differ :
The red panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, ... the results of phylogenetic analysis provide strong support for its taxonomic classification in its own family Ailuridae, which, along with the weasel, raccoon and skunk families is part of the superfamily Musteloidea
Though no one could mistake this mighty mustelid for the giant panda of National Zoo, WWF-logo & Kung Fu fame, a local name has made the browsing creature famous. Behold the Firefox!
|The NY Times reports one of the existenially threatened cratures roams the suburbs of D.C. having escaped a Virginia zoo; while others are on the loose and in active competition with the fauna of Britain & New Zealand.|
Heaven help the coyote who runs into one.