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Endangered Crimson Panda Cub Born at Potter Park Zoo


Potter Park Zoo’s pink panda Maliha gave beginning to a cub July 21, 2022. That is Maliha’s second profitable litter with the cub’s father Deagan-Reid. Animal care employees monitor mother and the cub every day by means of a digital camera mounted within the nest field the place they’re each resting. Veterinary employees will proceed to conduct common wellness checks within the coming weeks to observe his progress and growth. 

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“Maliha is doing nice, she’s an skilled mom and has been wonderful with the new child,” stated Annie Marcum, carnivore space lead keeper. “The cub is actively nursing and rising at a wholesome charge”. 

This information is thrilling for Potter Park Zoo and it’s an excellent greater win for conservation of the endangered species. Arriving from the Knoxville Zoo in 2021, Deagan-Reid was paired with Potter Park Zoo feminine Maliha by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA’s) pink panda Species Survival Program, which pair animals based mostly on sustaining genetic range.  The pair have had two profitable litters in two years.  With fewer than 205 pink pandas in AZA establishments, Maliha’s new cub is a beneficial addition to the inhabitants.

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 “We’re lucky to have one other profitable pink panda beginning. Having two profitable litters back-to-back is a testomony to the laborious work, planning, and teamwork on the zoo,” stated Animal Care Supervisor Pat Fountain. “Introducing one other pink panda cub to the SSP is essential for the species shifting ahead, we’re glad to be part of the answer”.

Crimson panda newborns are born deaf, blind, and are sufficiently small to suit into your palm. It takes over two weeks for cubs to open their eyes, and about two months earlier than they start venturing out of the nest. Whereas Maliha and her cub might be off exhibit throughout this time, updates from the animal care staff might be shared on Potter Park Zoo’s social media. Friends are welcome to go to Deagan-Reid on exhibit. 

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