On June 8th, 2013, a pair of endangered Red Pandas at the Sacramento Zoo welcomed a male cub, their first offspring. After 2 and 1/2 weeks, discussions between veterinary and animal care staff and the Red Panda SSP Coordinator led to a decision to hand rear the cub due to a lack of weight gain and inconsistencies in care from the cub’s mother. Since beginning to hand rear the cub he has shown signs of improvement and has steadily gained weight.
Red Panda cubs have a high mortality rate of 50% within the first 30 days of life. While the first-time mother was attentive, she may not have been producing enough milk to feed her cub. Animal Care staff are hopeful that the cub will thrive with additional attention from keepers and veterinary staff.
We will keep you updated on the cub’s progress!