Auckland Zoo have announced the birth of a Nepalese red panda.
The baby panda was born in the early hours of 24 December and is “an extremely valuable addition to the international breeding programme for this threatened species”.
The newborn is the first offspring from three-year-old mum Bo and 12 year old Sagar.
Bo arrived at Auckland Zoo in the middle of last year.
The tiny panda weighed 105 grams, which is about the weight and size of a medium sized tomato. The cub now weights about 240 grams.
It is the first red panda to be born at the Zoo since 2002.
Auckland Zoo’s carnivore team leader, Bruce Murdock, said “we couldn’t ask for a better mum in Bo. She’s doing an exceptional job, staying in the nest box for long periods and feeding her cub up to six times a day, and being very attentive.”
Below is a video of the new Panda days after being born.
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