The world's only known 'brown panda' will fascinate you

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When most people imagine a panda, they instantly envision an adorably fluffy, black and white bear -- but this very special animal named Qizai will defy preconceived notions.

The gentle giant is thought to be one of the only known brown and white pandas in history.

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The Daily Mail reports that Qizai was just a young cub when he was spotted by researchers, wandering alone, in the Qinling Mountains in central China.

The team took him back to a nearby wildlife rescue to make sure he was given medical treatment and adequate food.

Qizai is now a happy and healthy seven-year-old bear.

Pandas International reports that only a handful of the rare bears have been spotted in the remote Qinling region of China over the last 30 years.

Scientists are still not sure why pandas from this region sometimes display such unique coloring, but have speculated that genetic and environmental factors may play a role.

Qizai now lives at the Wild Panda Training Base in Foping National Nature Reserve in Shaanxi province.

His keeper, He Xin, spends up to 18 hours a day with the adorable bear.

"He is slower than the other pandas, but he is also cuter," He Xin told The Daily Mail.

And we couldn't agree more with that statement!

If you want to learn more about how to help save pandas around the world, read more at WWF Global.

Related: Also see these adorable pandas cubs:

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YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A newborn panda cub is seen at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: Workers care for newborn panda cubs at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: Newborn panda cubs are seen at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: Workers care for newborn panda cubs at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: Newborn panda cubs are seen at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A newborn panda cub is seen at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A newborn panda cub is seen at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21:  Visitors look through a window at the newborn panda cubs at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A newborn panda cub lies in a basket at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A newborn panda cub is seen at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
YA'AN, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A worker cares for newborn panda cubs at Ya'an Base on August 21, 2015 in Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China. Ten newborn panda cubs born in 2015 are shown to the public in Sichuan's Ya'an Base with the smallest ones less than a week old. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has nurtured 21 panda cubs with just one not surviving. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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