One of the two female red panda cubs born last week at the Toronto Zoo died.
The cub was being kept in an incubator and according to the Toronto Zoo, the cub died from being moved in and out of the machine. The red panda cub died between sometime Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Also Read– Scientists say Siberia’s weather is an “alarming sign”
The other female red panda cub is currently being kept with its mother and appears strong and healthy. Toronto Zoo officials say the remaining cub will be closely monitored and fed by a supplement. They also added the mother panda, Ila was not producing enough milk for both cubs to feed therefore staff began supplemental feeds.
Toronto Zoo officials released a statement about the incident.
“One of the two female cubs was found weak on Sunday and had been transferred to the ICU in the Zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre where she received treatment and was fed every three hours by the veterinary team,” the Zoo said in a statement. “After observing improvement in the cub’s condition over the following days, she was returned to mom Ila in the Red Panda House yesterday where Keepers continued to monitor the situation.”
“Shortly after being placed back with mom, the same cub appeared cold, dehydrated, and lethargic, at which point our team began additional treatment and she was placed back in an incubator. Sadly, this cub passed away overnight.”
The pair of red pandas were the first to be born at the Toronto zoo since 1996.