India's first Prime Minister Jarwhalal Nehru was known to keep captive red pandas, but keeping the keeping of exotic pets is heavily regulated and prohibited in India.
Red pandas may be easy on the eye, but they are wild carnivores and can inflict fairly serious bites. Perhaps more than anywhere else, South Asians have embraced red pandas in their respective cultures.The little panda is the state animal of landlocked Sikkim, India, which is bordered by Nepal, China and Bhutan.
The red panda became known to Western science 50 years prior to the West's knowledge of the giant panda in 1869. Taxonomists, zoologists who classify animal species, have had great difficulty determining the closest living relatives of the red panda, but they have determined that, for certain, they are not closely related to bears.