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Firefox is not a fox

It's a Chinese name for a Panda.

It looks like Mozilla's Firefox will reach one million downloads within two weeks. Currently 58% of the visitors to this site is using Safari, 20% IE and 1% OmniWeb. Firefox has grown from 12% to 17% in the last three month.


Red panda, lesser panda
Ailurus fulgens

Red pandas look more like raccoons than their closest relative - the giant panda. They are secretive and gentle creatures, spending most of the day sleeping curled up with their tail wrapped around their head.

Life span: 12-14 years.

Statistics: Body length: 50-63cm, Weight: 4-6kg.

Physical Description: Red pandas have a bear-like body with thick russet fur. The belly and limbs are black and there are white markings on the side of the head and above the small eyes. They have thick bushy tails with light-brown rings, pointed ears and a pointed snout.

Distribution: Red pandas live in southern Asia: Bhutan, China, India, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal.

Habitat: They inhabit forested mountain slopes.

Diet: Red pandas mainly feed on bamboo, but also eat acorns, roots, berries, lichens and occasionally eggs and young birds.

Behaviour: Red pandas lead solitary lives, except for mothers with cubs. They are slow-moving on the ground but are remarkably agile in the trees.

Reproduction: Females give birth to 1-4 young, after a gestation period of 112-158 days.

Conservation status: The IUCN classify red pandas as Endangered, and they are on CITES: Appendix I. They are protected in Nepal and China. Habitat loss is thought to be the major reason for their decline in the wild.

Notes: Unlike other bears, their claws are partly retractable.

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Michael's picture

This one went over my head

Ivan's picture

Michael, it's not you, it's me. :) It's just a sidetrack. I wanted to make Firefox more personal by introducing the wild animal it got it's name from.

Anonymous's picture

"Fire fox" is actually the lesser panda's name in Chinese; it's never called that in English, which is one reason it makes a distinctive name for the browser.

I saw lesser pandas at a zoo in China once. They are the cutest animal you've ever seen!

Paul

Ivan's picture

Thanks Paul, I added this bit into the post.

Ivan's picture

WOW! Still 6 days to go, but the 1 million downloads have been completed!

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