Red Panda Fact #23 - The first image of a red panda seen by Western audiences was an illustration by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. However, this drawing was based on the description provided by Frederic Cuvier, who had never seen a living panda. The first, truly accurate depiction came from Josef Wolf, widely regarded as the finest animal artist of his day. Wolf’s depiction was so striking that prints of it are still sold today, 150 years after its creation.
You might have noticed that I missed a week of Red Panda Facts. I’ve actually been busy revising my personal web site, as well as setting up a new one for my photography. You can check them out at esdeem.com and esdeemphoto.com.
One reason I’m mentioning this? Before the month is done, I’m going to have my third, and hopefully final, surgery stemming from health issues last year. This one should be routine, but the bills have really started to stack up. So a big reason for the new site is to offer print sales. Even if you can’t afford a print, passing the word along would really help.
Thanks again to everyone out there who has liked or reblogged these RPFs. As for next week, ever wonder what kind of sounds a red panda makes? If so, you’ll want to check out next week’s Fact!
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