A baby red panda born days ago at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo has died.
The zoo announced Friday that a male cub born on Monday had died. A necropsy conducted by the zoo's veterinary staff revealed that the cub had not ingested any milk. That could mean that the cub did not nurse, or that its mother, 3-year-old Xiao (jow), did not produce any milk.
Two cubs were born to Xiao and her 4-year-old mate, Junjie, last year, but neither cub survived. The zoo says about half of red panda cubs born in zoos die within the first month of life. Thirty red panda cubs were born in North American zoos last year and 15 survived.
Red pandas are native to the Himalaya Mountains in China and Nepal.