- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Keepers at the Chattanooga Zoo are taking on the task of raising two red panda cubs after their mother, Maina, unexpectedly died.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/2e5dWac) that Maina died Saturday at three years old. Chattanooga Zoo CEO and President Dardenelle Long said during a news conference Thursday that no one knows the cause of death.

Zoo staff has been caring for Maina’s two cubs, which haven’t been named yet. The cubs are three months old and Maina was in the process of weaning them when she died. Employees have been attempting to feed the cubs.

Both cubs lost weight within 48 hours of their mother’s death. By Thursday, the cubs had regained the weight they lost.

Long says she isn’t sure the cubs are going to survive.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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