John Ball Zoo Red Panda Wasabi Gives Birth… To Triplets! [VIDEO]
It's three times the cuteness!
John Ball Zoo has announced that Red Panda Wasabi has given birth to triplets. The three little cubs were born June 25, 2020.
These are Wasabi's first cubs; dad Wyatt fathered two other cubs previously.
John Ball Zoo says the birth is very exciting and significant for the zoo and the red panda species. Red pandas are endangered and it is believed there are less than 2,500 adult red pandas left in the wild.
Wasabi and Wyatt have been matched at John Ball Zoo as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Program (SSP).
The SSP is one of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s many conservation programs. The SSP’s primary role is to serve as a breeding program for selected endangered or threatened species. The goal is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population for these animals in order to increase their numbers.
John Ball Zoo shared the above video of Wasabi and her cubs in the maternity den soon after they were born.
Mom and babies are doing well, the zoo reports! They'll now spend the next few weeks in the den bonding. The zoo will also perform the cubs’ first neonatal exam, provide the first vaccinations, and determine the gender of the cubs.
Wasabi's pregnancy announcement came earlier this month on on Facebook.
John Ball Zoo reopened to the public Monday, June 8. They've instituted new health and safety protocols and are operating at limited capacity. It's recommended that all guest reserve an online timed-entry ticket to secure their visit time. Tickets can also be secured over the phone.