I actually learned this facts from The Detroit Zoo!
My family went recently and became obsessed with the Red Panda. Let me show you why:
So cute. Since they are small and more raccoon-like than bear-like, I wondered how they was related to a Panda Bear. Turns out, they aren't!
"Panda" in Japanese means "bamboo eater". Since that's the main source of food for the Red Panda, that's how it got it's name, in the same way the Panda Bear got it's name.
Maybe since they aren't "bears", we can get one as a pet? These people did (click here)!
Man, I want one so badly. :)