This beautiful red panda is living at Amazon World in the Isle of Wight, where we were this summer. It's a little sad to see animals taken from the wild but at least they are protected in these environments and hopefully there are better things to come. Red pandas aren't really related to giant pandas but they share something in common - their need to eat bamboo. Unlike the giant black and white panda of China though they eat other foods too. If giant pandas lose access to bamboo forests they cannot continue to live. I often mention pandas when I do natural nutrition talks. They are in a way an opposite extreme to humans. Humans seem to be up for eating practically anything and, removed from what might be considered our natural habitats we have adapted to a diet far removed from the natural biological diet of our species. We have continued to survive and reproduce for generations in this manner. The question begs to be asked, what is our optimal diet, and in terms of what? Are we speaking about immediate health in terms of freedom from disease, strength and long life? And what is the optimal diet for happiness? How we would we eat in order to heighten our sensory and extrasensory perceptions, to engage the supernatural powers that are natural to us as humans, to feel a sense of connection to source? I have a starter list here...always developing this theme..and no-one has the last word!
More about bamboo eaters in this fascinating video here:
Amazon World is near the Arreton Valley, one of the sunniest places in Britain.