- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Zoo is celebrating the births of two red pandas.

The zoo says a red panda named Bernadette gave birth to the male and female cubs on June 25.

The cubs are Bernadette’s first mixed-gender set. She had two male cubs in 2013 and two female cubs in 2014.

Zoo veterinarian Dr. Amanda Guthrie said Tuesday in a news release that the cubs look healthy. Their progress will be monitored.

The public might see the cubs inside the nest by watching the Zoo’s Panda Cam at https://virginiazoo.org/red-panda-animal-cam/ .



The zoo says the cubs will remain in the nest for more than 90 days.

Red pandas are tree-dwelling animals with markings similar to a raccoon. They are native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.

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