Red panda cubs make their debut at Prospect Park Zoo

David Caplan
November 14, 2019 - 7:26 pm

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Skip the trip to China and instead head to the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn to catch of glimpse of a pair of the cutest pandas around.

Two male red panda cubs -- born over the summer in their indoor den, where their mother, Willow, has been caring for them -- made their public debut this week to the delight of animal-lovers.

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

The WCS said the pandas are now old enough to venture outside to get acquainted with their habitat. Pandas reach adulthood at around 18 months. 

Adult red pandas have reddish-brown and black coats that serve as camouflage in the wild. Panda cubs are born much lighter in color and have a very soft, plush coat. Their color darkens as they mature and grow, the WCS explained.

The red pandas at the Prospect Park Zoo, Styan’s red pandas, are a subspecies from the eastern portion of the Himalayan range in China and northern Myanmar.

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS