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Oklahoma City Zoo announces births of red panda cubs

Oklahoma City Zoo announces births of red panda cubs
Posted at 8:08 AM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 09:08:08-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Zoo says two red panda cubs were born last weekend but only one survived.

The cubs were born Sunday inside the red panda habitat to 9-year-old Jaya. The zoo says its animal care team discovered Wednesday that one of the cubs was not thriving. The animal was taken to the zoo's animal hospital but the cub died.

The zoo says that Jaya has stayed close to the surviving cub, which appears to be healthy.

The cub is the 15th cub born at the Oklahoma City Zoo since the red panda program began in 1988. Red pandas are an endangered species and only about 10,000 remain in the wild.