Endangered Red Pandas Born At The Columbus Zoo


UPDATED: Thursday July 3, 2014 10:59 AM

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is welcoming the addition of three red pandas.

The two male cubs and one female cub were born on June 20. The parents are two-year-old Kiah and three-year-old Rinzen.

Caretakers are keeping a close eye on the little one because the cubs' mortality rate is especially high in the first two months.

Staff members say they lure the mother away with grapes when they need to check on the weight of the cubs.

The litter marks the first at the Columbus Zoo since 2002 and is the fourth set of triplets to be born in an American zoo so far this year.

The zoo hopes to have the cubs on display to the public by this fall.

In the wild, the red panda population ranges from the Himalayas to South China. Their population is threatened by illegal hunting and deforestation.

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