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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Zoo announces birth of red panda cubs

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Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to announce the birth of two red panda cubs. Ember, the zoo’s female red panda, gave birth to the cubs around 5:30 p.m. on July 2. Mother and cubs are doing well. This is Ember’s second litter.

Red panda cubs look like miniature versions of adult red pandas and generally stay in or near their den for 8-10 weeks after birth. Zoo staff expect these cubs to make their first outdoor appearance sometime in late September or early October. Until then, footage of the cubs can be seen on the zoo’s website, Facebook page and You Tube channel, as well as local cable channel 8.

Superb climbers, red pandas can descend trees head first like a squirrel thanks to a special rotating ankle joint. In the wild they are found from Nepal to Burma, and into Central China. They are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) primarily due to the destruction of their habitat for human development.

Charlie, the cubs’ father, arrived in Garden City last September. He and Ember hit it off from first glance. Even now, he is most relaxed when near her. However, the cubs are now her primary focus, so dad doesn’t have full contact with Ember and the cubs. That will come a bit later. In the meantime, Charlie has access inside due to the summer heat but will be venturing outside periodically for a stroll.

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