- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A red panda at the Knoxville Zoo has died.

Zoo officials told WBIR-TV (https://on.wbir.com/1woeufY) that they suspect a heart arrhythmia, but a necropsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death.

The three-year-old bear, named Scarlett, gave birth to twins in June. Her cubs were weaned and are adjusting to their mother’s absence.

The zoo said last week’s death was unexpected and unusual. The average lifespan of a red panda is about 14 years.

The Knoxville Zoo is recognized internationally for its success with red pandas.

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Information from: WBIR-TV, https://www.wbir.com/


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