- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - One of three red panda triplets brought to a suburban Philadelphia zoo this year has died unexpectedly.

Officials with the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown say they don’t yet know what caused the death of 1-year-old “Clinger.”

Zoo marketing director Shaun Rogers says they will pursue additional tests after a necropsy, or animal autopsy, was inconclusive.

The zoo says Clinger did not appear ill before his death on Sunday.

Elmwood officials say the brothers, Shredder and Slash, have gotten check-ups and appear in good health.

Red pandas are native to the Himalayas.

Rogers says the species is endangered because of their disappearing habitat.



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