ROYAL OAK, Mich.(WXYZ) - The Detroit Zoo is introducing two new twin red pandas. The male twins were born on June 27, 2013.
This is the first off spring for parents 8-year-old mom Ta-Shi and 4-year-old father Shifu. This is the fifth time mom, Ta-Shi, has given birth since her arrival at the Detroit Zoo in 2008.
“Ta-Shi is an experienced and attentive mom and very protective of her babies,” said Robert Lessnau, Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals. “We’re thrilled to once again add to the captive population of this threatened species.”
Red pandas are endangered, victims of deforestation. Their natural space is shrinking as more and more forests are destroyed by logging and the spread of agriculture. They are found in the mountainous regions of Nepal, Myanmar and central China.
When the panda is full grown it is about the size of a house cat, with rust-colored fur and an 18-inch white-ringed tail.
The red pandas are most active in the morning and evening hours. They usually can be seen hanging from tree branches or laying on the limbs in their wooded habitat. They are at the Detroit Zoo located across from the Amur Tigers.
The pandas are yet-to-be-named. The red panda twins are spending most of their time in a nest box but will emerge soon.
For more information on visiting The Detroit Zoo www.detroitzoo.org.
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