Rare Red Panda Triplets Born At A Zoo In America
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One American zoo has become the lucky home to not one, but three adorable red panda cubs.
Missouri's Kansas City Zoo announced on Tuesday, 7th August, that their first-time red panda parents, Kate and Randy, welcomed triplets on July 11th. Can we get a collective aww?
The zoo keepers penned: "It's three times the cuteness on Tiger Trail! Our red panda parents, Randy and Kate, welcomed three cubs on July 11.
"Both parents are first-timers and it's pretty rare to have three cubs born at once, but Mom is doing a great job caring for them."
The zoo explained that they have yet to name the babies and hope to announce the genders of the triplets once they've got stronger.
"The youngsters will stay in the nest box for a few months and their genders are unknown at this point, but we hope to announce them very soon!!" they added.
Red pandas are endangered, with less that 10,000 mature individuals thought to exist in the wild, making the news extra special. In a statement released by the zoo, they also explained that red pandas usually have high mortality rates, and it is quite rare to have three cubs at once.
Despite that, all three are doing well thanks to care from their mother and zookeepers but revealed the smallest of the triplets is getting some extra TLC.
The zoo shared in the statement: "The smallest of the cubs has been receiving supplemental feedings from zookeepers to ensure that it gains weight at a healthy rate."
At the moment, the adorable cubs are small enough to fit into the palm of a human hand but they will grow to the size of a house cat. Once the trio reach 50 days, their white fur will turn reddish-brown.
Kansas City Zoo plans to keep the cubs mostly behind the scenes for the next three months as they get used to life in Missouri.
The also zoo shared that they think the cubs will be ready to make their public debut sometime in October.