NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Two baby red pandas are getting ready to make their debut at the Virginia Zoo .
The babies were born on June 20, 2013 to parents Bernadette and Oscar, weighing in at 95 and 106 grams. Six weeks later, the twins now weigh 400 grams. According to a news release from Kiara Warren with the Virginia Zoo, the cubs' birth was kept quiet because panda young are very delicate for the first few weeks of life.
"It is thrilling to have red panda cubs," said Greg Bockheim, the Virginia Zoo's executive director. "As the cubs grow they will become great playmates with each other. All of us are in for a big treat this fall when the cubs should become highly visible in their treetop home. This is a significant birth as red pandas are a threatened species with fewer than 2,500 adults left in the world."
Zoo Veterinarian, Amanda Guthrie, has been weighing the cubs weekly, keeping a close eye on their progress.
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