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Oklahoma City Zoo welcomes Red Panda cub


The July 4 weekend brought with it two new red panda cubs to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

The cubs were born Saturday inside the red panda habitat. One of the two cubs exhibited immediate health problems and was taken to the zoo's hospital where it later died. 

The other cub, and it's mother, nine-year-0ld Jaya, are reportedly doing well. 

The cub is Jaya’s fifth offspring since coming to the Zoo in 2011 from the Cape May County Park & Zoo in New Jersey and the first offspring for Lhotse, who was born at the Erie Zoo in Pennsylvania and came to the Zoo in 2015.

Typically, red pandas require three to four months to mature and begin exploring more of their habitat. Consequently, the red pandas will not be visible and the outside yard will be empty during this bonding phase. As cooler weather comes in the fall, the cub, Jaya and Lhotse may be more inclined to be outside in the habitat, located across from the Zoo’s Endangered Species Carousel.


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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›