Baby Red Panda Born June 16th – Thriving

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Photo Credit: Janice Sveda, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

From the National Zoo:

“Born June 16, 2014 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, this little red panda cub is thriving! His mother, Regan, is very genetically valuable to the red panda population in human care, and keepers took every precaution to increase the likelihood of a successful birth. Because Regan has neglected cubs in the past, keepers are hand-rearing the cub and giving him round-the-clock care. According to his keepers, the 7-week-old cub is eating well (4 feedings a day) and growing quickly. He now weighs 785 grams!”

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