It looks like an endangered animal just got a new addition. Shama and Tate, two red pandas who have been inseparable since they were introduced last February, are now parents to an adorable baby cub.Wired Science
reports that this is the first red panda to be born at National Zoo in Washington, D.C. in 15 years. The baby, whose name has not been released to the press, made its way into the world on June 15.
"This birth indicates that the animals are comfortable and well-adjusted in their home here," Tony Barthel, curator of the Zoo's Asia Trail, told the news outlet.
Although Shama and Tate met over a year ago, their delay in immediately producing an offspring was due to the fact that red pandas only mate once a year. Regardless, Barthel is ecstatic for what lies ahead.
"We are excited about the opportunity - we'll have to watch and learn from the interactions between the red pandas as Shama raises the cub."
It's been a great season for the endangered animal. In fact, it was just confirmed that two twin red pandas were born at the Calgary Zoo back in May.