Idgie celebrates Valentine's Day. CONTRIBUTED: ZOO ATLANTA
Both kinds of pandas live in the high-altitude rain forest of Nepal, Myanmar and China, and both are endangered as a result of habitat destruction.
Idgie was about the size of a housecat, with a furry, raccoon-like tail.
She was described as “saucy,” and had the smile of a Pokemon character.
Red pandas live most of their lives in trees. In her later years, as her ability to climb trees diminished, Idgie was accommodated by the Zoo Atlanta crew who re-structured her enclosure to make it easier for her to get around.
Was Idgie named after the spunky smoking, drinking, gambling “tomboy” in “Fried Green Tomatoes,” played by Mary Stuart Masterson?
Zoo Atlanta’s Rachel Davis couldn’t answer that question, since Idgie arrived from Cincinnati with her name already established.
Idgie had a smile that could be contagious. CONTRIBUTED: ZOO ATLANTA
According to the zoo, a necropsy, or the non-human equivalent of an autopsy, will be performed through the Zoo’s partnership with the University of Georgia Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Results should be available in several weeks.