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Kansas City Zoo welcomes red panda triplets

Posted at 10:11 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 18:07:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Zoo announced Tuesday it welcomed red panda triplets earlier this summer.

The zoo's red panda parents, Randy and Kate, had three cubs on July 11.

Red pandas usually have high mortality rates, and it is quite rare to have three cubs at once, the zoo said.

Despite that, all three cubs are doing well thanks to care from their mother and zookeepers.

Caregivers are giving the smallest of the cubs supplemental feedings to make sure it's growing at a healthy rate.

The cubs are small enough to fit in the palm of a hand right now, but will grow to be about the size of a house cat.

Their white fur will turn reddish-brown when they are about 50 days old.

Zoo visitors might be able to catch a glimpse of one of the cubs as Kate moves them from nesting box to nesting box, but for now the zoo is keeping them mostly behind the scenes.

The zoo said visitors might also be able to see them on a monitor stationed outside the exhibit until their expected debut around October.