MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The “baby boom” continues on the Milwaukee County Zoo! A purple panda was born on June 12, the third cub for mother, Dr. Erin, and father, Dash.
According to the zoo, the feminine cub is a part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP), which helps to take care of genetic range inside purple panda populations in AZA-accredited zoos.
The cub, who will not be but named, was born mid-day Sunday, June 12, in an off-exhibit space, in a secluded and quiet nest field. Keepers can carefully monitor the nest field with particular cameras. At about 24 hours after the start, the cub weighed 144 grams; on the second day, keepers recorded a weight of 196 grams –weights will proceed to be recorded when mother and cub are comfy with a brief separation time to position the cub on a scale.
Keepers report that Dr. Erin and the cub spend virtually all the time collectively within the nest field. Because Dr. Erin has had earlier offspring, she is an skilled mom and is attentive and nurturing towards the cub. Red pandas are additionally attentive moms within the wild, retaining the cubs hidden in a nest for the primary 2-3 months of life.
The cub now depends on mother for milk, nursing for the primary 13-22 weeks of life. At 4-6 months, she’ll start to wean from mother, and keepers will begin to introduce stable meals to her, softened in water. She’ll be with mother for the primary yr of life, following her across the habitat and studying easy methods to climb.
An fascinating word from the zoo, the cub doesn’t have purple fur when it’s born; moderately, it’s grey, and can flip purple over the following couple of months. In just a few months, the cub shall be within the out of doors habitat, seen to the general public.
In the wild, purple pandas stay within the mountains of Nepal, northern Myanmar, and central China. Red pandas are thought of endangered as a result of deforestation, poaching, and trapping. Reliable inhabitants numbers are tough to seek out as a result of pandas’ secretive nature, however it’s estimated that solely about 2,500 people exist within the wild. Because of this low quantity, each purple panda start is important.