Red Panda Cub Born At Fort Wayne Zoo

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Red Panda Cub Born At Fort Wayne Zoo

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Fort Wayne Zoo announced today that a Red Panda gave birth to a cub on June, 9th.

Red Pandas are an endangered species that are difficult to breed as this is only the third birth since 1997 of a Red Panda at the Fort Wayne Zoo. The cub and its mother, Xiao, are currently secluded to increase the odds for the cub's survival. According to Zoo Officials, about half of Red Panda Cubs die within the first 30 days and the best chances for survival is for the cub to be alone with its mother, with limited outside contact.

“We are monitoring the cub and are cautiously optimistic at this point,” says Area Manager Shelley Scherer. “But there are still many challenges ahead for this little cub.”

If the cub survives, guests shouldn't expect to see the cub until August or September.

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