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My Panda Update – Specifically, Red Panda

by Vidya Sury September 9, 2012 25 comments
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Yes, folks. I’ve been reading a lot about Google’s Panda and Penguin shenanigans. Without going into the gory details, these animals are Google algorithm updates that are basically advising websites and blogs to produce good original content.

So long as we do that, we’re all good. Concentrate on engaging your readers, they say.  Catchy titles. No dirty tricks. Minimize ads above the fold (the part of a blog or website you see on your screen when you open the link). Make the post easy to read. Easy, eh? It is, for me.

So here is this week’s all-important Panda Update. Here is the Panda I am most concerned about.  I met them at the Sikkim zoo.

The red panda is an endangered species

Its body is just slightly larger than a domestic cat with a bear-like body and beautiful, thick russet fur. The belly and limbs are black, and there are white markings on the side of the head and above its small eyes.

Red pandas are quite skillful and acrobatic animals that predominantly stay in trees, as we noticed when we visited them. Almost 50% of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas. They use their long, bushy tails for balance and to cover themselves in winter, presumably for warmth. Primarily an herbivore, the name panda is said to come from the Nepali word ‘ponya,’ which means bamboo or plant-eating animal.

According to the Smithsonian magazine, here are some amazing facts about the red panda:

  • They Are the Only “True” Panda
  • They Mostly Eat Vegetation
  • They are Arboreal Acrobats
  • Their Fur Provides Camouflage
  • Their Home Is Fragmented
  • They Are Smelly Socializers
  • Cubs Are Playful
  • They Can Endure Cold Weather
The Panda’s watching you! 
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Vigilant Panda, watching closely
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red panda
Sometimes you can see it, sometimes not
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Panda on the prowl
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Clearly visible, focused on its goals
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Doesn’t spare any spot…
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It is just trying to improve and enhance the user experience
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Panda says ‘bye 
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Pleasure. Happiness. Celebrating the red panda!

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vanita September 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

thanks for the shoutout girl! was so surprised when i saw this! if any of your readers are on the wordpress self hosted platform and are interested in the course and signing up, they can contact me through the the contact page and i’ll hook ’em up with 50% off. thanks again sugar.

Leovi September 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Wonderful photos, a nice sequence.

Lisa September 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

What a cutie!!! I’m not sure I understand – are these animals in danger? I’m so out of touch! I homeschool and don’t get out much 🙂 anyway – I love your photos! and your blog! I always enjoy it.

Have a great weekend! Lisa

Bill Dorman September 9, 2012 at 11:25 pm

That was a Panda? Looked like a cross between a fox and a Panda. Hmmmmm….

I have a post coming out soon about my site and SEO is part of it; better check out your recommendation.

Easy to read is good……..and 582 words…….:).

Betsy at Zen Mama September 10, 2012 at 4:16 am

I haven’t seen a Panda like these before. Thanks for sharing Vidya!

Dukeo September 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

Hehe. Nice post… That a very different view on Panda from what I’ve been reading over and over again on blogs 😉

Harleena Singh September 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

Great share Vidya!I had a good laugh about the Google Panda as compared to this cute one – I think this is any-day a better update as compared to the Google one, one that I would have vouched for as well :)Thanks for sharing. 🙂

BLOGitse September 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

I haven’t seen this kind of panda before…looks mixture of a cat and fox 🙂
Have a good week ahead!
Next time I’ll blog from Malaga…

Cathy | Treatment Talk September 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Beautiful pictures and interesting panda. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Elle September 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Always love your photos Vidya. And like everyone else I’ve never seen a panda that looks like this. Always something new to learn…isn’t that wonderful.

Love Elle

Adrienne Smith September 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Is that a panda? It’s not like the ones I’ve seen but he’s still a cutie.

I like your panda siting’s better then the ones Google does Vidya. I also have no doubt that if you recommend Vanita’s course then it’s a good one.

Thanks for sharing.


Kimberly September 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm

That’s a panda?
If it is I want it. How cute!
Love the new blog design. I haven’t been around here much…my bad 🙁
Love Vanita!!

Emily Sovich September 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Oh, that vigilant panda made me laugh. He’s keeping a sharp eye!

Jack September 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I hear Panda tastes like chicken. Not so sure about Google Pandas. 😉

Unknown Mami September 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Awesome and engaging post, I say! Did you hear that Google?

Vidya Sury September 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

😀 Thanks Claudya. I had a good time writing it. I hope it was a good case of show and tell 😀

Mayura De Silva September 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hi Vidya,

LOL 😀 This is the Vidya I know 😉 Yeah, it’s true. I love pics of REAL Panda and thought they suppose to black and white. Am I referring to WHO? 😉

Enjoyed the comparison of your Panda and Google Panda dear. BTW, I wanted to ask, did you captured all those pics? For this post specifically? 🙂

Love to see Vanita mentioned here 🙂 She’s the WordPress Momma. No doubt about her expertise on it.


Vidya Sury September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hey Mayura! Good to see you here. 🙂 Yeah, these photos are from my camera (I have at least 60 photos of these pandas). Red panda are native to Sikkim in Northeast India, which we visited a couple of months ago. I was just wondering what to post this Sunday for my photo post since I hadn’t gone out anywhere over the weekend, when suddenly this idea came to me! 😀

I just couldn’t resist the Google Panda connection!

Cheers! Vidya

Fran Sorin September 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Vidya…..you have such a ‘fun’ sense of humor…if that make sense. I LOVE the panda photos. I feel like you could turn it into a children’s book and use illustrations instead of the photos. As always Vidya, thanks for your observations on what most people wouldn’t even notice. You rock! xxoo-Fran

Keetha Broyles September 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I always forget about these little red pandas, my brain always pictures the big black and whites.

Vidya Sury September 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Yes, me too, Keetha. We were fascinated to see these little guys. Very sweet.

Sandra /Always Well Within September 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

As always, I have a big smile the whole time I’m reading and looking at your post. Thanks for the inspiration and Google reassurance too!

carolynhughesthehurthealer September 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

What a fun post! Love the panda 🙂

carolynhughesthehurthealer September 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

What a fun post! Love the panda!

My Inner Chick September 13, 2012 at 12:21 am

Ooooo, I want to pet and kiss him soooo badly.



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