Newborns: Red Panda Bear Triplets Born at Cleveland MetroParks Zoo

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Rare red panda triplets were born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo!

For the first time in its history, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is home to red panda triplets.

The arrival of the cubs is quite extraordinary considering endangered red pandas rarely are born in threes. In fact, prior to this year, it had been 10 years since a set of red panda triplets had been born in an accredited North American zoo.

One of the cubs, female "Mei Mei," is being raised by the Zoo's veterinary technicians at the Center for Zoological Medicine because she required medical treatment shortly after birth. Following treatment, Mei Mei's mother would not reaccept her into the nest, so the 2-pound bundle of fur is staying at the hospital until she's mobile enough to go on exhibit.

The other cubs, a male and a female, are usually hidden in their nesting box but may be seen from time to time when their mom carries them to a different nest.

Despite sharing a name with giant pandas, red pandas look more like raccoons but have striking red fur, with white facial markings and long, bushy tails.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located at 3900 Wildlife Way, off West 25th Street.

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