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Nashville Zoo announces birth of female red panda

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(Photo credit: Amiee Stubbs) (Photo credit: Amiee Stubbs)

The Nashville Zoo announced its newest addition on Wednesday morning.

A female red panda cub was born on July 3, which is the first red panda birth to take place at the zoo.

Zoo officials say the cub is doing well and is bonding with her mother.

She will be named through a contest at a later date.

The red panda is considered vulnerable to extinction because of habitat destruction, slow rates of reproduction and high infant mortality rates.

"Because of the high infant mortality rate, we took every precaution possible to ensure the baby was delivered and cared for safely," said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor at the zoo, in a news release. "The mother has done a great job of nursing and caring for the baby, which has enabled us to take a hands-off approach."

Zoo visitors will not be able to see the cub until she makes her debut sometime this fall.

Officials say the cub will most likely leave the zoo a year from now when she is paired with a mate for breeding.

Click here for more information about the red panda cub.

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