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Zoo reports rare birth of panda

June 5, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has a new addition.

The zoo’s three-year-old female red panda, Xiao, has given birth to a cub, and zoo officials are carefully monitoring its progress.

Zoo officials who announced the birth Tuesday said the next few weeks are critical to the cub’s survival. Xiao gave birth to two cubs in 2012, but neither survived.

About half of all red panda cubs born in captivity die within 30 days of their birth.

The zoo has closed the pathway in front of the red panda exhibit to guests to minimize stress on the animals.

Red pandas are native to the Himalaya Mountains in China and Nepal.

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