Toronto Zoo welcomes another endangered red panda cub

The Toronto Zoo announced the birth of a new endangered red panda cub on Thursday.

The zoo said the cub was born at 4:11 p.m. on July 13, making it the third birth of a red panda in more than 25 years.

Born to red panda parents, four-year-old mother Paprika and father Suva, zoo staff said the cub weighs “a very healthy” 221 g.

“We are so excited to welcome this baby red panda to the Toronto Zoo family,” said Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong. “Red pandas are an endangered species due to illegal hunting and habitat loss, so helping to maintain their managed populations in AZA accredited zoos is not only a success for your zoo, but also helps our guests about the conservation efforts of these extraordinary species.”

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The zoo also said that mother feels comfortable enough to leave the nest box for a short time so that staff can quickly assess the health of the cub. The staff also determined that the cub is a male.

“Paprika was very calm once separated from him, taking the chance to stretch out and groom herself before returning to the nest box to bathe and nurse her cub,” the zoo said in a press release.

The cub has not yet been named.

The zoo said that Paprika and the cub will not be available to the public at this time due to the young age of the cub, but an announcement will be made when they can make their debut.

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